Raise the Age

Wesprep, the on-campus prison activist group, is politely requesting your help:

CT automatically tries and sentences all 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of their crime. This policy has failed and must be reexamined: youth in adult prisons do not receive adequate rehabilitation or treatment in adult prisons, which does not change their behaviors or improve public safety. Later this term, the Connecticut legislature will be voting on ‘Raise the Age’ legislation to keep youth out of adult prisons. The more calls they receive encouraging them to support this legislation, the better, so please take a minute to make a call.

This week we are targeting:
1.) Senator Mary Ann Handley 860-240-0498
2.) Rep. Alfred Adinolfi 860-240-8700
3.) Rep. Bill Aman 860-240-8700
4.) Rep. Gerald Fox 860-240-8585
5.) Rep. Arthur O’Neill 860-240-8700

Here’s what you can say:

“Hi, my name is _______________ , from Middletown, Connecticut. I know that Connecticut incarcerates more kids under the age of 18 in adult prisons than any other state and I am calling to ask Representative/Senator _____________ to support efforts to “Raise the Age” and return 16- and 17-year-old offenders to our juvenile justice system. A bill addressing this issue will be introduced soon and I’m hoping the (Representative/Senator) will vote in favor of this reform.

Thank you.”

4 thoughts on “Raise the Age

  1. Laura

    Whoa! I may be starting some work with RTA’s sparkplugs program myself (I’m an alum). If I do, WesPREP folks, I’ll be in touch.For everyone else, here’s the website for Raise the Age:http://www.raisetheagect.org/It has lots of background, position papers, fact sheets, and talking points in the “Resources” section.

  2. Laura

    Whoa! I may be starting some work with RTA’s sparkplugs program myself (I’m an alum). If I do, WesPREP folks, I’ll be in touch.

    For everyone else, here’s the website for Raise the Age:
    http://www.raisetheagect.org/
    It has lots of background, position papers, fact sheets, and talking points in the “Resources” section.

  3. Anonymous

    is wesleying taking an official stance on this issue or are these specific instructions just improperly quoted?

  4. Anonymous

    is wesleying taking an official stance on this issue or are these specific instructions just improperly quoted?

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