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New York Still Charges Teenagers as Adults. Will Cuomo’s Bill Change That?

ProPublica, March 26, 2015

New York Still Charges Teenagers as Adults. Will Cuomo’s Bill Change That?

[Cuomo] wants to gradually raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in New York to 18 through a budget bill. The bill would roll out in two phases. The maximum age of juvenile jurisdiction will be raised to 17 on Jan. 1, 2017 and raised again to 18 by Jan. 1, 2018. The bill would also prohibit the confinement of minors under 21 in adult jails and prisons, prevent minors with first-time misdemeanor offenses or probation violations from being held in detention, and create a separate branch of adult courts for teenagers charged with violent felonies. The bill is based on a set of recommendations publish earlier this year by a governor-appointed commission of experts and advocates. Many advocates support the bill, including the New York City Bar Association.

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