October 25, 2022
In honor of National Youth Justice month, The Raise the Age NY Coalition convened a panel to call out the successes since Raise the Age was implemented and describe what young people and communities need now from our elected officials in Albany during the budget and legislative session ahead. In this recording you will hear speakers discuss a decade of continued decline in youth crime; methods that promote youth and community safety and address concerns of gun violence; and encourage taking action on critical youth justice priorities: the Youth Justice and Opportunities Act, the Right to Remain Silent/Youth Interrogations Bill, and Solutions not Suspensions.
Tyler Campbell, Columbia University Center For Justice
Kercena Dozier, Children’s Defense Fund-New York
Kate Rubin, Youth Represent
Amshula Jayaram, Alliance for Quality Education and The Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition
Cristina Onea, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Caitlyn Passaretti, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Anthony Springer, Bronx Connect
Maya Williams, Brooklyn Movement Center
It is imperative that advocates and communities set the record straight and correct the narrative currently circulating in the media that is demonizing young people. The data shows a steady decrease in youth crime since 2012, and if we want crime to be reduced, we must provide services that young people and communities are saying they need. We need tangible resources devoted towards housing, behavioral health, education, after school programming and employment options. If we invest in these areas, we will continue to see a decrease in crime and a healthier youth population.
Pass the Youth Interrogation Bill (A5891C/S2800C). This legislation would require young people under 18 to first consult with an attorney before any police questioning can take place.
Pass Solutions Not Suspensions (A5197/S7198). This legislation will end the reliance on suspensions as the default way to discipline students and establish a framework to instead use proven restorative approaches to inappropriate behavior and discipline.
Pass the Youth Justice and Opportunity Act (A3536A/S5749A). YJ&O expands alternatives to incarceration and immediate record sealing for youth and emerging adults up to age 26.