Ny Lawmakers Are Gearing Up For A Battle Over Juvenile Justice Reform

02.14.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

New York automatically prosecutes 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court.  

Senate Democrats have called for the state to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 next year and to avoid compromises from Republicans that could limit or delay the increase.

Child advocates say the current system does not include the parental or community involvement that youth need to avoid future convictions.

Opponents say the state's criminal justice system has built-in protections for young offenders.