Expand Youth Justice Reforms to Cover Young Adults, says NY Report

Individuals aged 18-25 make up 10 percent of New York’s incarcerated population, but they account for nearly a quarter of the arrests in the state, and they reflect the “largest racial disparity of any incarcerated age group,” says a study prepared by Youth Represent and the Children’s Defense Fund-New York.


Keeping Kids Out of Adult Court

States are gradually increasing the minimum age at which young people can be prosecuted as adults—reversing a practice fueled by spurious fears of so-called “superpredators,” says a paper by the Campaign for Youth Justice. But there’s still a long way to go.


Out of Adult Jail, But Still Far From Home

 Raise the Age laws bar judges from sending youth defendants to adult detention facilities. But the New York State law passed in 2018 has had some unintended consequences for young people.


The Kids ‘Left Behind’ By New York’s Raise the Age Law

Juveniles under the age of 17 will no longer be prosecuted as adults under a state law that went into effect Oct. 1. But since the law isn’t retroactive, thousands of young people arrested earlier are caught in the old system—with potentially devastating consequences, advocates say.