Youth Charged as Adults

New York recently raised the age of criminal responsibility, after years of advocacy to bring the state in line with the rest of the country.  Prior to the passage of this critical legislation, New York and North Carolina were the only two states to arrest and prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the severity of the offense. 

CDF-NY is a lead in the Raise the Age–New York Campaign which successfully advocated for comprehensive legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility and continues to ensure appropriate implementation of the law. CDF-NY’s efforts also include advocating for youth currently impacted by the adult justice system and incarcerated in adult correctional settings. In addition to the recent significant success in raising the age of criminal responsibility, other recent successes include the removal of 16-21 year-olds from solitary confinement in New York City jails.