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New Issues in Shift Of 17-Year-Old Inmates

Posted 10/7/19

The Raise the Age law that increased the age of criminal responsibility to 18 took full effect Oct. 1, but the influx of 17-year-olds being sent to age-appropriate courts presents challenges.

The first phase of the law was implemented Oct. 1, 2018, allowing 16-year-olds who committed misdemeanor offenses to be sent to Family Court, while those who were charged with felonies were sent to State Supreme Court’s newly-established Youth Part. Now, cases against 17-year olds will also be diverted to the juvenile courts.

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