Because I’m a video collaboration between Judge Michael A. Corriero, who presided over the cases of youth in the adult criminal court system; T.J. Parsell a filmmaker who as a teenager served time in an adult prison; and a group of students in the New York Center for Juvenile Justice’s summer associates program.

This video was made possible by the generous support of:
The Sirus Fund, Linda Genereux & Timur Galen, and the MacArthur Family Charitable Foundation.

Music: "Everyday" by Carly Comando
Courtesy of Deep Elm Records

Judge Corriero’s has been advocating to raise New York’s age of criminal responsibility based on his experience in presiding over the cases of all 13-, 14-, and 15-year -old children who were charged as adults in Manhattan.

T.J. Parsell is a human rights activist, a published author and one of the nation’s leading advocates to end prisoner rape. He’s currently attending the graduate film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he’s adapting his award-winning book “Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison” into a feature length film. He's dedicated his life to illuminating prison sexual violence and ending the practice of sending teenagers to adult prisons.

Because I’m 16.... was conceived and written by the summer associates at Judge Corriero’s New York Center for Juvenile Justice. Every summer the Center hosts students from myriad disciplines and empowers them to become the next generation of Juvenile Justice advocates.

We would like to thank the participants in the video: Melvin Boone, Celeste Colon, Christopher Diratsouian, Sawyer Joseph, and Julie Wintrob, and to thank Annie Causey, Emani Davis, Marissa Hirsch, and Jeremiah Rygus who conceived the idea for the video.

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