Raise the Age: Press Conference for Criminal Justice Reform

Coalition of Interfaith Leaders to Announce Support for Raise the Age Legislation at Press Conference Wednesday

HOUSTON, TX— A coalition of faith leaders and advocates will hold a press conference on Wednesday, February 1, at 11:00 AM, to support legislative efforts to raise the age of criminal jurisdiction in Texas from 17 to 18 during the 85th Texas Legislative Session.  On-camera interviews will be available after the formal news conference.

WHAT: Press conference by faith leaders and advocates supporting measures to “raise the age” in Texas
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX 77006
WHO:

  • David Leslie, Rothko Chapel
  • Rabbi Samuel Karff, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Rev. Steve Quill, TRUTH Houston
  • Pastor John Ogletree, First Metropolitan Church
  • Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Tommy Williams, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
  • Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
  • Jay Jenkins, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC)
  • Charles Rotramel, Houston reVision

BACKGROUND: Texas is one of only seven states that sends 17-year-olds into the adult criminal justice system and charges them as adults, even for minor offenses. Sending youth into the adult system has serious consequences for their mental health and physical wellbeing. Advocates are encouraging Texas legislators to prioritize raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, and promote effective interventions and diversion programs that hold youth accountable for their actions while also ensuring pathways to success in the community.


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