Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday reiterated his support for juvenile justice reform that would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 and divert 16- and 17-year-old offenders from the adult criminal justice system.

“In my opinion, it is too early to condemn a 16 year old to a life without redemption,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo visited Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie for a tour of the prison and met with several inmates and correction officers. The reform measure faces an uncertain future in the Legislature, where lawmakers continue to have questions over what to do about violent offenders.

According the pool report of the tour, Cuomo spoke with one inmate who was in a drug treatment program.

“You stay strong,” Cuomo said.

“You too. … Stay safe,” the inmate responded.

“I think everybody agrees taking the 16- and 17-year-olds out of correction facilities — Senate and Assembly,” Cuomo said. “They have a difference of opinion whether 16 and 17 year olds should be transferred from family court to criminal court.”

In essence, the plan has two components: One would divert 16- and 17-year-olds to Family Court, while convicted offenders would be funneled to an alternative facility. Money to implement the policies was included in the state budget and would go unspent if the measure wasn’t approved.

“That is the point of debate: What level of crime should stay in criminal court versus family court,” Cuomo said.

The governor floated a compromise following his tour of the prison: Approve legislation now that would send non-violent 16 and 17-year-old inmates to alternative housing, while the family court question is still settled.

“Let’s get done what we can get done even if it’s not perfect,” Cuomo said. “We can always revisit the first piece or compromise.”

The governor urged action now, but a time table for moving the inmates was unclear.

“We can do it a year faster than if they don’t pass it,” Cuomo said. “That I can tell you.”

Time is running out in Albany, however. There are 10 legislative session days to go on the calendar, with the final day scheduled for June 17.