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Children's Defense Fund of New York Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Primary Contact Name: Julia Davis

Position: Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare

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Website: www.cdfny.org  http://raisetheageny.com/ 

Twitter: @CDFNewYork @RaiseTheAgeNY


  • Bill number: A3009c

    Type of Reform

    Raise the Age - This budget bill raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 17 years old by October 1, 2018 and to 18 years old by October 1, 2019.  While all felony cases start in the Youth Part of the Adult Superior Court, most cases will be transferred to the Family Court unless the District Attorney finds extraordinary circumstances.  Offenses that involve displaying a deadly weapon in furtherance of an offense, causing significant physical injury or engaging in unlawful sexual contact are excluded from the Family Court.    The bill also creates a Governor-appointed Raise the Age Task Force for Implementation.  The Task Force must release implementation reports on April 2018 and August 2019. 

    Detention Reform - The bill also prohibits the placement of youth under 18 in Rikers Island after October 1, 2018.

    Year: 2017

  • New York Raise the Age Campaign

    Type of Reform

    If you want to take action and support a reform that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 in New York, click here.

    New York is one of two states where youth ages 16 & 17 are automatically tried as adults. The Correctional Association of New York works on juvenile justice reform by pushing to increase New York state's age of criminal responsibility, end the practice of housing children in adult jails and prisons, and ensure that children in the juvenile justice system receive rigorous and appropriate rehabilitative services.

    On January 13th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the crucial question of raising the age in his “State of the State” speech, in which he outlined the New York State executive budget for 2016-17. He included “Raise the Age” Proposal in his “State of the State” budget announcement.



  • Line Drawing: Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Court Jurisdiction in New York

    This report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice  examines the reasons for changing the age of criminal jurisdiction and reviews the implications of such a change.

  • Final Report of the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice: Recommendations for Juvenile Justice Reform in New York State

    Final Report of the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice (2014) consists of numerous wide-ranging researching including different focus interest groups and interviews of those who have been most effected by those of the criminal justice system as well as advocates and other local officials. It also discusses the development and other facts of juveniles as well as their hearings across the state.

  • When the Cure Makes you Ill: Seven Core Principles to Change the Course of Youth Justice

    This article (2012) outlines seven principles necessary to transform the youth justice system, beginning with principle one: treat children as children.