Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Today I proposed the New York Promise agenda to advance principles of social justice, affirm New York’s progressive values, and set a national standard for protections against all forms of discrimination. (Governor Cuomo)

“NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income. The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.”

“Higher education has proved to be an effective means to curb recidivism. A recent RAND Corporation report showed that inmates who participate in higher education programs are 50 percent less likely to return to prison. In New York, currently about 1,000 state inmates receive a bachelor’s or associate’s degree each year. This initiative could increase that by 50 percent to 1,500.” (The Atlantic)

Yet, “Approximately 107,000 youth (younger than 18) are incarcerated on any given day. Of these, approximately 14,500 are housed in adult facilities. . . and some 5,400 youth are housed in adult prisons. . . ” ( Bureau of Justice Assistance)

“. . . more than 600 children ages 13 to 15 are also processed in adult criminal courts – seriously diminishing their life prospects before they’ve even entered high school.”

. . . New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety.

“. . . New York continues to be the only state other than North Carolina that prosecutes ALL youth as adults when they turn 16 years of age.”

“. . . Over 70% 16 and 17 year olds arrested are Black or Latino. . .”Raise the Age NY)

The best means to curb recidivism is to properly educate our children so they don’t go to jail in the first place. The current system of education works towards the incarceration of our children not their education, enslaving them to ignorance.

We must recognize the truth and then work to change it.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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