The New York Governor's Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice has made a series of recommendations for juvenile justice reform.  Among other things, it would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

The Commission cited successful reform efforts in Connecticut and Illinois as models that would improve outcomes for youth and enhance public safety.  Other recommendations included raising the minimum age for entering the juvenile justice system in most cases to 12, from 10, and mandating diversion programs for low-risk misdemeanor cases.

You can find the full report here.  You can read a summary of the recommendations here.

 

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