Raise the Age Law Now In Effect in NYS

A new state law is now in effect that keeps most 16-year-old offenders out of adult jails and prisons. 

The so-called Raise the Age law means those teenagers who commit felonies will no longer be considered adult offenders and will have their cases heard by a judge who is trained to deal with youthful offenders. They will be incarcerated with 14- and 15-year-olds. 

Those who commit misdemeanors will have their cases heard in family court. Next year, the new law will be extended to 17-year-olds. 

New York State has set aside more than 250 million dollars to help counties deal with the transition.


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