A coalition of child advocates will meet late Wednesday morning to talk about efforts to get New York lawmakers to change the way the state handles 16 and 17-year-old defendants.
It's called the "Raise the Age New York" campaign.
This group says that New York and North Carolina are the only two states where teenagers ages 16 and up are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
They're asking lawmakers to change the age to 18.
Rochester child advocates and some criminal justice experts from the area will meet today to share their views on why the law needs to be changed, pointing out that every year some 50,000 kids are arrested, charged and processed as adults in New York State.
Some studies the group uses are about developmental research and that these teens are making impulsive behaviors and that placing them in adult facilities is not age appropriate but treatment to redirect them.
Raise the Age NY says that in the Rochester area, police arrested 2,245 16 and 17-year-olds in 2010, 88 percent were for misdemeanors.
The group of child advocates and criminal justice professionals will also discuss the next steps to take to introduce a bill in Albany to change the law.