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Participation in Multi-County “Raise the Age” Compliance Coalition Approved

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Participation in Multi-County “Raise the Age” Compliance Coalition Approved

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Legislature, without dissent, authorized County Administrator Jason Molino to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to participate in an eleven-county “Raise the Age” Compliance Coalition.  (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused.) Execution of the MOU, Administrator Molino notes, is merely a non-binding commitment on behalf of the County to participate in an investigatory process with partner counties on how best to solve challenges that arise from the “Raise the Age” legislation, including the housing for 15- and 17-year-old youth.

Under “Raise the Age” legislation, signed into law a year ago by Governor Cuomo and which takes effect as of October 1, no 16- or 17-year-old will be sentenced or detained in a facility with adults, and youth whose cases are heard in Family court will be detained or placed in State-licensed facilities, as are juvenile delinquents.  Adolescent offenders detained pre-trial, or whose post-conviction sentencing is one year or less will be held in locally administered specialized secure detention (SSD) centers for older youth, regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services and the State Commission of Correction. 

While the County, through its Probation and Social Services Departments, is evaluating possible housing options that may exist in Tompkins and adjacent counties, Mr. Molino in a briefing memo said the MOU “represents a parallel and coordinated effort to evaluate additional housing options,” with an initial focus on working toward defining a scope of work regarding potential expert consulting services to advise the counties on compliance with the detention mandates.