Westchester Discussion Set For Charging Teens As Adults

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State officials are meeting in Westchester to look at whether 16- and 17-year-olds should be treated as adults in the justice system.
State officials are meeting in Westchester to look at whether 16- and 17-year-olds should be treated as adults in the justice system. Photo Credit: File Photo

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- State officials are meeting in Westchester Thursday, May 8 to look at whether 16- and 17-year-olds should be treated as adults in the justice system. 

New York is one of two states in the country that has not raised the age of criminal responsibility over the age of 16. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in January that a Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice would make recommendations on "how New York should raise the age and become a leader in juvenile justice," according to a press release. Several Westchester and state officials are set to meet to discuss the issue at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Mount Kisco Library at 100 E. Main St. in Mount Kisco. 

The meeting includes Daniel Berger, New York Civil Liberties Union; Cathy Johansen, retired Peekskill Police Officer; Drayvon Carmichael, formerly incarcerated young adult; Nancy Levin, Yorktown Youth Court Director; Bonnie Rosborough, Pastor, Briarcliff Congregation Church; and Allison Lake, Westchester Children’s Association.

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Not everything comes down to what we pay in taxes..... Quality of life is more important! Holding 16 year old persons accountable for their actions now may prevent them from committing bigger crimes later in life ...... Not many 16 or 17 year old people getting charged with crimes are doing a day in jail, their getting probation and paying fines...... Just the ones committing serious crimes, re: rape, drug dealing, violent assaults etc etc, are getting jail time ( in some cases ).

Don't change a thing, it's fine the way it is.... At 16 years old you know wrong from right.

Teenagers don't understand consequences. That comes with age and experience.

We all make mistakes some more severe than others, a persons life shouldn't be ruined for a dumb mistake as a teenager who hasn't learned much about life yet.

Right or wrong, is easy, except life isn't cut and dry, black or white.

As a tax payer I'm not looking to pay for the incarceration of stupid mistakes, send a kid to prison so that they can come out more of a menace to society.

It's not cost effective and it's not a solution.