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April 8, 2017
"The states delay in raising the age has caused undue suffering and pain, for far too many children and their families. I hope today that all votes will show that we have learned our lesson-that we have come to the realization that an effective criminal justice system is not one which locks up the most for the longest period of time but one with a smarter much more compassionate-approach to juvenile justice, one which focuses on education, job training and rehabilitation, giving a second chance to children. The throw away the key mentality needs to come to an end, especially for children," said Assemblyman Perry as he addressed the "Raise the Age" portion of the 2017-2018 New York State Budget. A3009