Raise the Age New York

New York State’s passed legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old, enabling thousands of youth to avoid having a criminal record and receive the services they need, while keeping communities safer.

This law will mean that most 16 and 17 year olds will have their cases heard in the Family Court, no youth will be placed on Rikers Island, all youth will be in youth facilities, and parents will be notified if their child is arrested.

The Law outlined by Citizen’s Committee for Children.

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