Youth Charged as Adults

New York is one of only two states where youth are automatically treated as adults, regardless of the offense, starting at age 16. CDF-NY is a lead in the Raise the Age–New York campaign to build public awareness and advocate for comprehensive legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. Our efforts include advocating for youth currently impacted by the adult justice system and incarcerated in adult correctional settings. Recent successes include the removal of 16- and 17-year-olds from solitary confinement in New York City jails.