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Dying Young in Prison

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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The Unfinished Business of Juvenile Justice

Most states, with some notable exceptions, have raised the age at which youths are exposed to the adult justice system. But the harder task of improving services for troubled young people is still ahead, warns a Justice Policy Institute expert.

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'Stop Jailing 16-year-olds,' NY Policymakers Are Told

Hernan Carvente was 15 years and 363 days old when he was charged with attempted murder. If he had been charged two days later, on his 16th birthday, he says the trajectory of his life may have dramatically changed. The Queens, NY-resident would have automatically been tried and sentenced as an adult. Having just missed the cut, Carvente was sentenced to between two and six years in a secure juvenile facility that offered college-level classes. Five years later, he's a […]