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Cuomo Revises Plan to Keep Youths Out of NY's Adult...

Cuomo Revises Plan to Keep Youths Out of NY's Adult Prisons  (Photo: Jayu, Wikipedia) 


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revised his proposal for retooling New York's criminal justice system to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and jails.

Draft legislation in his budget for the coming year would send most 16- and 17-year-olds to new youth sections of state criminal courts instead of family courts.

Under Cuomo's latest proposal, some juvenile defendants could go to family court should prosecutors agree. Such a move could eventually require 700 more beds at secure juvenile-detention centers.

New York and North Carolina are the only states that prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

At budget hearings this week in Albany, several lawmakers questioned the latest plan, including a federal directive to New York to segregate juveniles from adult inmates.