Push to “Raise the Age” Returns to State Capitol

WRGB, CNY Central: http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/push-to-raise-the-age-returns-to-state-capitol
January 5, 2017

ALBANY, NY — Nearly 28,000 kids aged 16 and 17 are arrested and face prosecution every year in New York State.

That’s according to the “Raise the Age New York” advocacy group.

Advocates and religious leaders gathered at the Capitol today, urging lawmakers to pass legislation to raise the age at which defendants are charged as adults.

One leader looked back on his religious experience as proof that teens are too young to be adults.

“In religion many of us go through a ceremony when we’re 13 that says you’re an adult now. And I went through that ceremony and I was not an adult. Nobody is at 13, and nobody is at 16 or 17,” said Interfaith Impact Executive Director Rob Smith.

New York and North Carolina are the only two states where 16 and 17-year-olds are automatically considered adults when they’re arrested.