Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Announces Major Juvenile Justice Initiative

Posted: September 26th, 2011 | by Yuval Sheer

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Judge Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, proposed a plan to extend the jurisdiction of the Family Court to include 16 and 17 year-olds arrested for less serious, non-violent crimes. Thereby, raising the age of criminal responsibility for those adolescents.

In so doing, he put together a team that will author new legislation to implement his proposal. The Chief Judge directed the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission, Co-Chaired by District Attorney Cy Vance and Judge Barry Kamins, to combine their expertise and resources with that of Judge Michael Corriero and the New York Center for Juvenile Justice, to produce legislation to be submitted in the 2012 legislative session.
Chief Judge Lippman stated:

We must work through all the complex issues on a fast-track basis and draft legislation in time for the 2012 legislative session. To make that happen, I have asked the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission, Co-Chaired by District Attorney Cy Vance and Judge Barry Kamins, to combine their expertise and resources with that of Michael Corriero, the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice, the former Presiding Judge of Manhattan’s Youth Part, and someone who has been so engaged on this issue over the years. By working together with our partners in government and reaching out to the many affected constituencies, and the organizations, such as the Citizens Crime Commission, which has, through Richard [Aborn, President of the Commission], already done so much terrific work in this area, I believe we will produce the blueprint for a more modern and more effective juvenile justice system in New York.

You may read Chief Judge Lippman’s full statement below:

 

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