New York State is one of two states that charges 16 and 17-year-olds as adults.
On Wednesday, the State Senate Majority Leader says raising the eligible age will be a big topic at this year’s session.
Capital corespondent Nick Perreault talked with one man who supports the move based on his own experience.
“I’m a father, a tax paying citizen instead of a tax burden on taxpayers,” said Jim St. Germain.
St. Germain says he’s lucky to be telling his story in a suit behind a podium instead of the alternative orange jumpsuit and jail cell, reliving his mistakes.