In keeping with our coverage of alternative criminal accountability programs this week – we turn to New York.

Over the past two years, New York changed its laws for 16 and 17 year-olds charged with misdemeanors. They are now tried in family court instead of adult criminal court, giving them opportunities for adjustment, diversion, and other interventions to support their rehabilitation. In addition, a majority of this population will not be subject to a permanent criminal record, which enables them to seek employment, education, and housing in the future.

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