Leaders Make Push to ‘Raise the Age’ of Teens Being Prosecuted as Adults

“Leaders are making another push to raise the age of teenagers being prosecuted as adults.

New York is one of only two states to treat 15- and 16-year-olds as adults for criminal charges.

Officials tried to raise the age for criminal liability two years ago, but were shut down by resistance in the Senate.

Advocates renewed their efforts with a lobbying day in Albany.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a statement urging the Senate to get “Raise the Age” reform passed in the state budget.

Supporters tell us they’re not backing down.

“If we don’t pass the ‘Raise the Age,’ we’re not voting on the budget,” said state Senator Jesse Hamilton of Brooklyn. “I, myself, would not vote on the budget unless ‘Raise the Age’ is done this year. It’s affecting 28,000 kids.”

“I think there’s more people paying attention to the issue this year. And the question becomes, how do we deal with housing for 16- and 17-year-olds?” said state Senator Patrick Gallivan of Erie County.

Republicans are still challenging the reform, but both sides agree it has a better chance of getting approved this time.

The state budget is due by the end of this month.”

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