New York Passes Law to Keep Youth Out of Criminal Court
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s “Raise the Age” law on Monday, making it likely that most arrested New York youth ages 16 and 17 will be sent to Family Court rather than Criminal Court. While the initiative was praised widely, the celebration of protection for juveniles was dampened somewhat by the fact that New York was one of only two remaining US states to consider 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Even while signing the law, Gov. Cuomo said, “The most liberal, most progressive people, and we have the most cruel, the most unjust result you can imagine.” Other critics said the bill was more complicated than necessary. To read more about this “monumental step” forward in juvenile justice reform, click here. To learn about NCCD’s work in the area of juvenile justice, click here.