Dying Young in Prison

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Alicia Barazza, whose son killed himself in an adult prison, testifies in favor of raising New York's age of criminal responsibility at a legislative hearing in Albany last month. Photo by Karen Savage/JJIE

The tragic suicide of Ben Van Zandt, a youth tried as an adult, adds pressure on NY legislators to raise the age of criminal responsibility. New York is one of the few remaining states which still treat offenders as young as 17 as adults . . .

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