The second phase of New York’s Raise the Age law will now include 17-year-olds.
The law was designed to include people of that age so they won’t be automatically prosecuted as adults in the state’s criminal justice process. Last year, the first phase covered 16-year-olds.
Jefferson County Probation Supervisor Kristine Maloney spoke with reporters from WWNY-TV and explained some of the specifics of the law.
"There's only 3 categories where a youth can stay up in the adult part and they are: first the crime must involve significant physical injury; or number two, the crime must involve displaying a weapon, or number three, the crime must involve a sexual nature so all the cases that we've seen thus far did not have any of those criteria so we returned those to the family court," she said.
Under this law, New York youth are no longer held in adult facilities. Instead, there are a total of 13 detention facilities statewide, seven of which are specified as secure, while six of them are considered specialized secure.