New York teens in trouble with the law will soon face different options.
Starting in October, the age of criminal responsibility will go up from 16 to 18.
Several local agencies have been prepping for months for this change.
Probation departments will face the biggest changes.
“With all the extra kids coming in, we’re concerned ‘Okay, how are we going to pay for those,'” Erie County Probation Commissioner Brian McLaughlin said. “…But there’s a great deal available and I do think we can make a difference.”
The goal of the “Raise the Age” program is to cut down on repeat offenders. Starting in October, 16 and 17-year-olds will enter the system in a special superior court called “Youth Part.”