Akeem Browder and fellow criminal justice advocates joined members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference Tuesday in calling on the city to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation.
The older brother of Kalief Browder — who was arrested at the age of 16 and sent to Rikers for three years, spending much of it in solitary confinement — spoke on behalf of the 150 16- and 17-year-olds currently held at the prison complex each day.
“The deepest change begins with New York changing the age of criminal responsibility, acknowledging that our kids are just kids and deserve to be treated better than the treatment given to my brother Kalief Browder,” the elder Browder said. “My work isn’t finished yet.”
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