NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement on Raise the Age legislation, which goes into effect statewide today:

“While Raise the Age is critical reform for New York’s criminal justice system, I have serious concerns that the city’s use of DOC staff in juvenile correction facilities will fundamentally undermine goals and spirit of this landmark legislation. Officers trained in adult jails should not be supervising kids.”