The New York Times Highlights New York’s Isolation in Trying 16 and 17 Year Olds as Adults

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | by Yuval Sheer

In a March 5th article, Mosi Secret of the New York Times highlighted New York’s isolation in its low age of juvenile court jurisdiction.  The article states: ”By year’s end, New York might be the only state where adulthood, in criminal matters, begins on the 16th birthday.”

The article notes that Judge Corriero testified on the ineffective nature of this policy before the New York City Council.  During that testimony Judge Corriero said:

There cannot be true systemic reform of New York’s Juvenile Justice System unless New York sets a fair, rational, and just age of criminal responsibility. This is a fundamental issue impacting, last year alone, a staggering 46,129 young New Yorkers (including 977 thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen year olds). 46,129 missed opportunities to intervene effectively—46,129 youth who could have benefited from developmentally sensitive alternative programs solely available in the family court.

Judge Corriero’s full testimony before the City Council is available below:


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