Youth Justice

Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Juvenile Justice Proposal

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2015

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Patti Hassler
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WASHINGTON – Today, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund responds to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a new package of juvenile justice reforms that would raise the age when youths would automatically be charged, tried and incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system from 16 years old to 18 years old. New York and North Carolina are the only two states in the nation that continue to treat 16- and 17-year-old youths as adults.

“On this day of remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. — I commend New York State, Governor Cuomo and the Commission for proposing a package of reforms that bends toward justice for children and youths by treating them as children and youths and ensuring that they have the chance to turn their lives around and become productive citizens,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund. “The Governor and state Legislature now have the opportunity to enact this long-overdue proposal, which would make New York State a leader in juvenile justice.”


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