Note: in April 2017, New York voted to Raise the Age of adult criminal responsibility over the next two years. There is much more work to be done, but it is a step in the right direction.
For years, New York was one of two states to automatically arrest and prosecute 16-year-olds as adults. Nearly every other state holds the age of adult criminal responsibility at 18.
Young people who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system face harsh conditions in adult jails. Upon release, they confront hurdles to employment and education. This system makes it very hard for young people leaving adult jail and prison to build sustainable futures.
For more information on the campaign to Raise the Age of adult criminal responsibility in New York click the link below: