Legal Aid's Statement on Governor Cuomo's Action Regarding 16 and 17 Year Olds

The statement of Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of The Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society:

We commend Governor Cuomo for his recognition that 16 and 17 year olds do not belong in adult prisons. His signing of the executive order to house some young people in age appropriate facilities is a step in the right direction. However, it must be a temporary step only. It is time to raise the age and recognize young people do not belong in the adult criminal system nor jails.