MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York official supports a review of the way the state prosecutes some teenagers.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice spoke Tuesday at a press conference organized by a coalition calling for the way the state handles 16- and 17-year-old defendants in criminal cases.
Rice says she broadly supports the concept of raising the age of eligibility for adult criminal court for certain crimes.
She did not specify what changes should be made.
Organizers of the review effort say New York is only one of two states — North Carolina is the other — that has kept its age of adult criminal responsibility at 16.
The coalition argues that about 75 percent of the some 50,000 annual cases involving 16- and 17-year-olds are misdemeanors.