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Critics say youths 16, 17 too young for adult court

Research on age of development, up to 25, is cited

The Schenectady County Jail
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Sixteen- and 17-year-olds aren’t old enough to vote. They’re not old enough to buy tobacco or alcohol. They’re not even old enough to join the military. But are they old enough to face an adult criminal justice system? A statewide coalition of youth advocacy groups and some law enforcement officials argue they are not, and they’re pushing for legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility in the state. In New York, the age of ...

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October 29, 2013
4:21 p.m.

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Kids can drop out of school when 16. If old enough to drop out of school, then they should be treated as adults for violent crimes. Perhaps we need to raise the age for dropping out if they are not going to be treated as real adults?