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Bend the Arc Urges Passage of 'Raise the Age' in Budget Bill

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Elliot Levy
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

 

 

 

New York, NY – Following reports that the New York legislature has been unable to reach an agreement on a budget bill that includes ‘Raise the Age’ legislation, which would end prosecution of 16 and 17-year olds as adults in the state’s criminal justice system, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, released the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that our elected officials have been unable to agree on raising the age for adult prosecution in New York, which would result in better outcomes for our youth while also improving public safety. We demand that the Governor and members of the Legislature remain in Albany this week to enact this critical provision.  Young people with criminal offenses deserve the opportunity to become contributing members of our communities -- not be condemned to a life of second-class status.

“As Jews, we believe in the importance of repentance, forgiveness and treating all people with dignity and respect. ‘Raise the Age’ isn’t just a humane and common-sense proposal; it will ensure that these fundamental Jewish and American values are realized in New York’s system of juvenile justice. It is imperative that the Governor and State Legislature find common ground on a budget that includes ‘Raise the Age’ legislation. The future of New York’s vulnerable youth depends on it.”