Raise the Age New York

In April 2017 Governor Cuomo signed legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York.  On October 1, 2018 the automatic age of adult prosecution will be raised to 17 years old and on October 1, 2019 the age will be further raised to 18 years old. Prior to the passage of this critical legislation, New York and North Carolina were the only two states to arrest and prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the severity of the offense. As a result, thousands of adolescents have been processed in an adult criminal justice system that does not notify parents of arrest or questioning of a young person, subjects youth to harm in adult jails and prisons and saddles young people with criminal records that impact the rest of their lives. Youth treated in age-appropriate ways have lower recidivism rates than youth charged in the adult justice system, which improves public safety. 

About the Campaign

Raise the Age NY is a campaign that supports raising the age of criminal responsibility for children in New York to improve outcomes for children and public safety.

Raise the Age NY is a campaign that successfully advocated for raising the age of criminal responsibility and that continues to advocate for the appropriate implementation of raise the age. As co-lead of the Raise the Age – New York campaign, CDF-NY has fought tirelessly in support of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. We will continue to advocate for full implementation of the law and for young people who will continue to be subject to the adult justice system.  A summary of the legislation can be found here

Read the Commission’s Recommendations.

Contact Us

For more information on the
Raise the Age-NY campaign,
please contact:

Elizabeth Powers

Elizabeth Powers
Director of Youth Justice