#RaiseTheAge New York!

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Independent Democratic Leader Sen. Jeff Klein

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We’re finally close to passing a law in New York this week that would keep 16 and 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system.

But Republicans in the state Senate are using “tough-on-crime” rhetoric to try and weaken the proposal. And the Independent Democratic Conference led by Senator Jeff Klein is giving Republicans the leverage they need to push their agenda.

Tell Governor Cuomo and Independent Democratic Leader Sen. Jeff Klein to back the state Assembly’s Raise the Age proposal, which includes addressing all nonviolent offenses in Family Court.

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To: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Independent Democratic Leader Sen. Jeff Klein
From: [Your Name]

Thousands of children are counting on you to pass a strong Raise the Age law that keeps all 16 and 17-year-olds charged with nonviolent crimes out of the adult criminal justice system.

Please ensure that all children have access to Family Court, where they can access support and rehabilitation – not incarceration. Do not let Republican state Senators weaken the law!