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Committee on Juvenile Justice

The Committee on Juvenile Justice addresses issues relating to juveniles in the family court and criminal justice system. Committee members bring a diversity of view points from city and state agencies, the Judiciary, the private sector, law schools and various advocacy groups. The Committee hosts monthly meetings and invites guest speakers to provide information on current juvenile topics. Topics are presented in a setting where members have the opportunity to learn from, and participate in a productive and informative discussion.

Over the last several years, the Committee responded to the Youthful Offender and other juvenile justice legislation; and hosted panels addressing Teen Prostitutes: Victims or Defendants?; The Safe Harbor Act; Juvenile Delinquency Prevention: Is New York City Doing Enough?; Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility; Education for juveniles in the system; Alternatives to Detention; and the need for mental health related services. The Committee also proposed Youthful Offender sentencing guidelines.

The Committee, along with the Council on Children are hosting a panel discussion "What Works? Keeping Court-Involved Youth in Their Homes and Communities" on May 3, 2012.

Most recently, the focus has been on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility. The Committee is working with the raise-the-age sub-committee, a partnership with the Citizens Crime Commission and New York Center for Juvenile Justice in a dialogue to reconsider New York’s age of criminal responsibility. Additionally, the Committee is actively working with the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group at the Bar Association.

Recent Reports

Proposed legislation which would grant judges more discretion in awarding Youthful Offender status to juvenile offenders (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Youthful Offender Status

Report regarding A.4945 which would limit the discretion of judges to confer Youthful Offender status on teens who commit criminal acts (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Youthful Offender Status

Legislation regarding youthful offender status (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Youthful Offender Status

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Vacating Prostitution-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking, March 29, 2012 (Podcast) (Event Description)

Video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.