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By Kennedy Rose~Staff Writer

A local community organization hosted a rally Sunday afternoon to address issues concerning youth incarceration in Syracuse and central New York.

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse hosted a “Rally for Justice” to call for ending the source of income discrimination, expanding pre-kindergarten education, raising the age of being tried as an adult from 16 to 18 years old and ending the solitary confinement of incarcerated minors.


The event took place at the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church in Syracuse. The organization also called upon state and city legislators to provide solutions to these issues.

Syracuse south side residents express concern about Interstate 81 project

By Mike McAndrew |
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updated May 17, 2016 at 12:27 PM


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Some south side residents said Monday night they were surprised to hear the state Department of Transportation is considering new Interstate 81 on and off ramps at Martin Luther King Boulevard.

And they aren't pleased with the idea.

About 75 people attended a public forum about how the I-81 viaduct replacement project might impact the city's south side. They met at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, located in the shadow of I-81, about a block away from where the ramps might be created.

Onondaga County ending practice of holding teens in solitary confinement


By Ken Sturtz |
on October 20, 2015 at 10:44 PM, updated October 20, 2015 at 11:10 PM


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- County officials say they are ending the practice of routinely keeping jailed 16- and 17-year-old offenders locked up for 23 hours a day as punishment for often minor offenses.


The change came following efforts by the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS). The grassroots, interfaith network spent this year fighting the policy and was joined Sunday at a news conference by County Executive Joanie Mahoney, who said the practice would be stopped.


The practice of holding teens in solitary confinement began last fall, said Barry Lentz, who chaired ACTS Research and Action Committee.

To view ACTS post event press release, click here!


Coverage can be found on our ACTS Faceboook and Twitter pages!


Questions? Please contact Mike Hungerford at



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