Governor Cuomo Establishes Commission on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | by Yuval Sheer

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State address on January 8th,  publicly endorsed raising New York’s age of criminal responsibly. He stated that the prosecution of 16- and 17-year-olds in adult courts is neither fair nor just, and proposed establishing a Commission on Youth, Justice and Public Safety, which will be tasked with developing a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York.

The Center appreciates the Governor’s acknowledgement of the importance of this issue and will continue with its effort to develop a consensus around a model of justice for minors that treats children as children and responds to their misconduct with strategies designed to improve their chances of becoming constructive members of society.


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