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Young Woman Behind Bars

New York is making things happen over there. The other day we talked about them being the first state to offer free tuition to 4 year colleges and now lawmakers made this decision on Sunday:

Teens Under 18 Will No Longer be Sentenced as Adults In New York – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Sunday, #NewYork lawmakers voted to increase the age of criminal responsibility, meaning the state will stop charging and sentencing minors as adults. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The increase, which will be set in motion in October 2019, requires offenders under the age of 18 to be sent to juvenile facilities instead of adult jails and prisons. This will allow teens to receive rehabilitation and treatment instead of brutality and torture, as described of the environment of New York City’s infamous #RikersIsland. In 2018, the age of criminal responsibility will be increased to 17, then 18 in 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The measure also includes a clause concerning nonviolent offenders that will allow them to apply to have their records sealed after 10 years, the Root reports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The increase comes as part of a $100 million budget deal, approved on the heels of the resurfacing of #KaliefBrowder’s story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you recall, Browder was sent to Rikers at the age of 16, after he was accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years on the Island because his family could not afford his bail. Although Browder’s case would eventually be dismissed, the psychological and physical damage had already been done. Browder was brutalized, beaten and tortured, not to mention isolated and starved. Years after his release, Browder committed suicide as a result of his experience on the island. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your thoughts?

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