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Cuomo tours prison, pushes reforms

COXSACKIE (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has toured a state prison in the Hudson Valley to promote his proposal to keep the youngest law breakers from adult prisons.

Cuomo spent about two hours Thursday at the medium-security Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, about 25 miles south of Albany.

The governor sat down with three 17-year-old inmates and toured the prison’s special housing unit where prisoners with disciplinary problems are kept.

Cuomo is promoting a legislative proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years of age. That would spare minors from adult prisons and jails.

Cuomo says there are fewer than 100 16- and 17-year-old inmates in New York’s prison system, and 49 of them are incarcerated at Coxsackie.