WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- As a member of the Raise the Age New York Campaign, Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) applauds the support from a majority, bi-partisan group of Westchester County Board of Legislators to “Raise the Age” of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years-old.
“It’s time for the State Senate to join the Assembly and Governor in supporting common-sense legislation that treats juveniles in an age-appropriate way, which studies have shown reduce recidivism, improve outcomes and make our communities safer," said WCA’s Deputy Director Allison Lake.
WCA said that treating 16 and 17 year-olds as children, rather than adults, in the justice system will positively impact the lives of roughly 1,000 Westchester youth every single year.
For more information on the Raise the Age initiative, visit their website.
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