- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the recommendations of a commission that authorities stop prosecuting juveniles in New York as adults.

He is proposing in his state of the state address Wednesday that the misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases for 16- and 17-year-olds go to family court, with serious and violent juvenile crimes handled by new “youth parts” in criminal courts with judges specially trained to deal with adolescents.

The commission established last year also recommends eliminating out-of-home detention for youths who don’t pose a risk to public safety.

About 800 inmates in local jails and state prisons are under 18. Studies indicate they are twice as likely to be hurt by other inmates and staff, five times more likely to be sexually assaulted and eight times more likely to commit suicide than other prisoners.

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