From the Morning Memo:

As advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York push Tuesday for the issue in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated his support for the policy in a statement.

“It is far past time for all legislators to join us, and pass my proposal to Raise the Age and reform our juvenile criminal law,” Cuomo said in a statement to be released broadly this morning.

Supporters for the measure are in Albany to lobby elected officials on the issue, part of a day of advocacy for the criminal justice reform.

Central to the push is having New York keep pace with nearly all other states that no longer try those under 18 as adults.

“New York is one of only two states in the nation that automatically processes our 16- and 17-year olds in the adult criminal justice system, no matter the alleged offense and despite the fact that the majority of teenagers arrested in recent years have been locked up for non-violent crimes,” Cuomo said.

“This unfair practice places some of our youngest New Yorkers in a prison system where they are more likely to be assaulted, to be injured by prison staff, and to commit suicide than their peers processed as juveniles. They are also far more likely to be re-arrested and re-incarcerated.”

Cuomo included the issue in his $152 billion proposed budget this year after lawmakers during the last several legislative sessions have been at odds over how to treat 16 and 17-year-olds in the criminal justice system.

With the measure stalled, Cuomo in 2015 moved some juvenile offenders into separate facilities and away from an adult prison population. But still left to do is how to adjudicate cases involving those under 18.

Cuomo penned an op/ed co-written with former Obama administration aide Van Jones on the raise the age issue. In the statement, Cuomo said the benefits of raising the age have several dimensions.

“Many problems have no clear or proven solution, but this one does,” he said.

“By raising the age, we can ensure that juveniles receive the intervention and rehabilitation they need to break the vicious cycle of recidivism and increase public safety for all New Yorkers.”