Local leaders launch 'Raise the Age' campaign against teen criminals being charged as adults

Some local leaders are taking on the state to try and change the age for charging law breakers as adults. A rally was held Thursday

Advocates say teen criminals can benefit from the juvenile justice system.

Advocates say teen criminals can benefit from the juvenile justice system. (7/12/13)

BROOKLYN - Some local leaders are taking on the state to try and change the age for charging law breakers as adults.

A rally was held Thursday in support of the "Raise the Age" campaign. New York is one of only two states in the U.S. that charges 16-year-olds as adults in its justice system, but supporters want to up that age to at least 18.

A teenager from Crown Heights was among those who spoke at the protest. He said he was charged with a crime at 15, and is thankful he got into the system as a juvenile because he received help and not just punishment.

Advocates had similar arguments. They say that in the adult system, teens learn to become better criminals when they get out, but the juvenile system instead teaches them to become more product members of society.  

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