In 2018, New York State passed the Raise the Age legislation, raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. The law mandates separate and secure detention facilities for 16- and 17-year-olds and requires that every youthful offender receives the support and resources necessary to rehabilitate and avoid reoffending.
Monroe County’s Childrens Detention Center expansion in Rush, NY demonstrates a commitment to youth justice. The Center prioritizes education with classrooms and recreation, offering skill-building programs, job training, and essential life skills support. Safety measures, gender and age segmentation, and visitation areas ensure a rehabilitative focus, emphasizing reform over incarceration.