New York Center for Juvenile Justice Conducts Forum in Albany at the Office of Children and Family Services

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | by Yuval Sheer

On April 7, 2011, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the New York Center for Juvenile Justice (NYCJJ) co-sponsored a forum focusing on New York’s age of criminal responsibility and the Juvenile Offender Law.

In attendance were OCFS staff, members of NAMI and leaders of local and state wide organizations working with and advocating on behalf of youth who come into contact with the adult criminal court system.

Judge Corriero emphasized the need to establish a task force/commission to  examine the consequences and impact of setting a fair, just, and reasonable age of criminal prosecution in New York as well as a review of the efficacy of the Juvenile Offender Law which permits prosecution of children as young as 13 in adult criminal courts.

The Center wishes to thank Kathleen Holbrook, Criminal Justice Director at NAMI-NYS for organizing this event and OCFS Associate Commissioner Felipe Franco for hosting this important forum.


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