Tow Foundation and Chronicle of Social Change Announce 2019 Raise the Age Reporting Fellowships Recipients
As part of an ambitious plan to reinvigorate watchdog journalism in the backyards of America's statehouses, The Chronicle of Social Change is proud to announce recipients of its 2019 Raise the Age Reporting Fellowships.
The national nonprofit news outlet's New York bureau will provide stipends and reporting support to four reporters in upstate and western New York to cover the implementation of the state's major youth justice reform legislation known as Raise the Age.
The law, signed in 2017, raised the age ceiling of New York's juvenile justice system to 17 this year and to 18 by October of 2019. It also forced New York City to move all detained 16- and 17-year-olds off the Riker's Island jail complex this past October. The law requires every court, cop and detention facility statewide to change how they handle 16- and 17-year-olds who are arrested, tried or convicted for committing a crime.
The reporting fellowship aims to boost local coverage from the state capital region, through the Catskills and the Finger Lakes, up to Lake Ontario...