We have 72 hours until the New York State budget is done and your voice is needed to make sure a critical piece of legislation is passed the right way. Please take a few minutes and make this call to New York State Governor Cuomo, Senate Republicans and members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and tell them to #RAISETHEAGERIGHT.

Raising the age of adult criminal responsibility from sixteen to eighteen, ensures that youth charged with crimes may be treated in a more age appropriate manner. It will result in more reformative measures such as diversion, lighter sentences, and true rehabilitation.

Research has shown that children's brains do not fully develop until after the age of eighteen, and youth who engage in criminal conduct often do not have the same level of understanding of their actions. There are significant and sometimes lifelong implications for young people adjudicated in the criminal court system, which extend into the areas of education and employment. New York should adjust this aspect of its juvenile justice system to reflect the better understanding we now have of youth accused of crimes.

Brooklyn NAACP supports the bill proposed by the Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol and Senator Velmanette Montgomery (S4157/A4876) instead of the budget version proposed by Governor Cuomo. It's important that we get this right and its important that you make the call today.

Elected Leaders to Call

Governor Andrew Cuomo (518) 474-8390
(option 2 to speak to a live person)

IDC Members
Senator Jesse Hamilton (518)455-2431 

Senator Jeff Klein (518) 455-3595
Senator Diance Savino (518) 455-2437

Senate Republicans
Senate Leader John Flanagan (518) 455-2071
Senator Marty Golden (518) 455-2730
Senator Patrick Lanza (518) 455-3215

Call Script

Good afternoon, my name is ________________ and I am a member of the Brooklyn NAACP. 

I am calling to urge you to support the Raise the Age legislation, specifically the version originally proposed in Senate Bill S4157 and Assembly Bill A4876.

I support raising the age but I want it done the right way. We need comprehensive legislation that ensures as many cases as possible are heard in Family Court. Our state’s approach of prosecuting all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults is bad for public safety and bad for the young people in our community.

Thank You

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