New York is one of only states in the country that automatically charge adolescents as young as 16 years old as adults. North Carolina is the other. Co-writing an op-ed for the Huffington Post, they write:
Roughly 50,000 16 and 17-year-old children are tried as adults every year in defiance of science and wisdom. By immediately placing each and every one of these children at risk of incarceration in the adult prison system, we set them on a dangerous path that promises to destroy their lives and threaten public safety.