THE BRONX - A group of neighborhood leaders is requesting that New York state change the law that states 16-year-olds can be charged as adults.

New York law states that anyone 16 years of age or older can be tried as an adult, but the group says that the teens are too young to buy a beer, get a fake tan or vote, so the state should not treat the teens as though they are adults.

Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, of the Correctional Association of New York, says that society is giving these children criminal records for the rest of their lives for something they did when they were in high school.

The group wants the state to increase the age of what constitutes an adult to 18 years old.

Residents on the other side of the issue says the proposal could let younger people off the hook, even after committing a serious crime.