A detention facility for youthful, non-violent offenders opened Monday in Rush.
It’s part of the Raise the Age legislation, a new state law that takes 16-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system.
Maria Cristalli with Hillside Family of Agencies said they feel like it’s a win for everyone involved.
“This is a terrific change for kids,” she said. “It will allow us and 12 other peer providers across New York State to open new programming.”
Not everyone is celebrating, however.
A Monroe County Spokesperson told News 8 state agencies delayed construction on the facility in Rush multiple times over the past year, making it hard to meet the deadline of October 1.
The county also estimates implementing Raise The Age will cost taxpayers more than $20 million dollars.
In statement, the county told News 8:
“While the state has promised to reimburse counties “in full” for these costs, Albany has a well-deserved reputation for launching major programs and sticking local taxpayers with the bill later. Monroe County will be monitoring our expenses closely.”
We asked Elaine Spaull with the Center For Youth about the cost and the added pressure.
“Anything new has ups and down, so we’re going to have to be patient over the next 3-4 months, but I know family court is getting ready. Our probation people and our teen court are getting ready.”
Spaull added her organization is expecting a grant to help with the cost.