Join dedicated child advocates across the state and speak up and speak out to champion policies and programs that lift New York’s children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to healthcare, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Together our voices will make a difference 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.
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Urge Governor Cuomo and NY State Legislators to Pass Comprehensive Raise the Age Legislation
Thousands of New York adolescents are processed in the adult criminal justice system, subject to adult jails and prisons, and saddled with criminal records that impact the rest of their lives. Treating young people in the adult criminal justice system increases their likelihood of being abused, and increases the likelihood that they will commit more crimes and return to the criminal justice system in the future.
New York is one of two states that automatically treats all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. New York State’s Adopted FY2015-16 Budget has taken a big step toward ending New York's Cradle to Prison Pipeline by including funding to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York. However, the funding will only become available if Raise the Age legislation is passed before the end of session in June.
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About CDF Action Council
The CDF Action Council is an affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization of the Children’s Defense Fund. We champion policies and engage in legislative advocacy and lobbying that will lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.