Activists Hopeful ‘Torture’ of NY Teens Ends With Passage of Raise the Age Legislation This Year
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
March 30, 2017

“Alicia Barraza started her testimony with statistics. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds who serve time in New York’s adult facilities are twice as likely to report being beaten by staff, she said matter-of-factly. Looking straight ahead at a panel of New York state senators, she explained that juveniles in adult facilities are 50 percent more likely to be attacked with a weapon, are most at risk of sexual assault and are 36 percent more likely to commit suicide.

“Then, after a brief pause, her voice softened. She looked down, gathered herself and took a deep breath.

“’Tragically, all these things happened to Ben,’ Barraza said, referring to her son in a soft, barely audible voice.”

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