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Child advocates celebrated in White Plains Tuesday as the state prepares to raise the age of responsibility when it comes to crimes.
Currently, teens 16 and up are charged as adults in the state's criminal justice system. But during the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to raise the age from 16 to 18.
Child advocates say this helps teens avoid a life in and out of prison. "By raising the age to 18 we are giving young people really a second chance and an opportunity to change their lives," says Allison Lake, of the Westchester Children’s Association.
Advocates say although the "Raise the Age" law passed, they are still pushing for more changes in the criminal justice system.