Only a couple of states in the country automatically charge 16 and 17-year-olds as adults and send them to solitary confinement.
New York is one of them, but many are looking to “Raise the Age”.
Supporters of changing the law rallied in Syracuse at the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.
They’re calling for an immediate end to solitary confinement of those young offenders and for the passage of a bill to “Raise the Age” to 18 statewide.
By law, young offenders must be separated from older inmates.
According to raiseageny.com – youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult facility than in a juvenile facility.
“When we’re talking about 16 and 17 year olds, we’re talking about children whose brains are not fully developed yet. So, it can be especially damaging because of their age,” said Emily Napier, the Vice President of The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse or “ACTS.”
ACTS is the grass roots organization leading the charge. They’ve already helped to move young offenders being held in the Jamesville Correctional Facility to the Onondaga County Justice Center.
Click here if you’d like to learn more about the “Raise the Age” campaign.