How Connecticut Raised the Age

Connecticut’s Raise the Age campaign was started by advocates who raised awareness among policymakers and the public about why the state’s low age of adult jurisdiction was bad for kids and communities. Next, the legislature convened a committee of stakeholders to study how raising the age would affect law enforcement, courts, the Department of Children and Families, youth, families, and others. The process resulted in a proposal to Raise the Age that won broad support. Finally, the state adopted a staggered implementation process after the financial crisis of 2007 limited state resources and threatened implementation.


How the Raise the Age campaign got started and what strategies it used.


How an extensive study by stakeholders, including skeptics, moved reform forward.


How implementing Raise the Age in stages helped overcome financial concerns.