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Raise the Age: What’s working, what’s challenging, and what can help more teens

It’s been about a year since part of the Raise the Age law was implemented in Monroe County and throughout New York State.

It calls for 16-year-olds to be treated differently when they get into trouble with the law. Before the law was changed, teenagers were automatically sent into the adult criminal justice system and could be sent to adult prison.

Now, they are given a different chance. Instead, cases are mostly reviewed in family court and teens are subsequently sent to specialized facilities.

Judge Craig Doran has overseen some of the changes and challenges Raise the Age has brought about in local courts.

He’s the Administrative Judge for New York’s Seventh Judicial District.

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