Time to #RaiseTheAge

  • New York is one of only two states in the United States that treats 16 and 17 yr olds the same as adults in the criminal justice system.
  • 45,000 teenagers are put into adult prisons every year in New York.
  • Taxpayers in New York State are paying nearly $120 million a year to jail 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Imprisoning youth can have severe detrimental effects on their long-term economic productivity.
  • The vast majority of youth arrests are for minor crimes (74 percent are misdemeanors) including not paying fare for a subway or bus.
  • The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission reports youth in adult prisons face the highest risk of sexual assault.
  • Studies show that youth in adult prisons are twice as likely to report being beaten by staff, and 50% more likely to be attacked with a weapon.
  • Youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult facility than in a juvenile facility.