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What’s the Status of Raise the Age and Is It What Reformers Intended?

  • The New School Theresa Lang Student Center 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10011 (map)

New York’s Raise the Age law went into effect on October 1. The law ended the State’s practice of automatically treating people as young as 16 as adults in the criminal justice system. It also required the City to move all 16- and 17-year-olds out of the Rikers Island jail. Advocates who fought for Raise the Age believed it would lead to a more humane system. But now, many fear that the brutal conditions of Rikers are being recreated in the facilities where young people are being held. Join representatives of the City, credible messenger service providers, and advocates to discuss the status of early implementation, challenges, and opportunities for restorative justice and support for young people.

Speakers include:

  • Antoinette Kennedy, Man Up Inc.

  • Cincere Wilson, Institute for Transformative Mentoring at the Center for New York City Affairs

  • Dana Kaplan, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

  • Felipe Franco, Administration for Children’s Services

  • Kate Rubin, Youth Represent-Marcus Campbell, Raise the Age Implementation Board

  • Shanduke McPhatter, Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc.