Cuomo appoints panel to examine youth sentencing system

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday named 16 members to a panel that will examine the state’s juvenile sentencing system and will make recommendations on raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

In his State of the State address in January, Cuomo pledged to convene a committee that would review the state’s juvenile justice laws, following years of efforts from advocacy groups to “raise the age” that youth offenders can be tried as adults to 18.

New York and North Carolina are the only states that automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in misdemeanor and felony cases — a standard Cuomo called “outdated” in his State of the State address.

“It’s time to improve New York’s outdated juvenile justice laws and raise the age at which our children can be tried and charged as adults,” Cuomo said a news release Wednesday announcing the appointees.

The commission, which will have until the end of the year to form its recommendations, is co-chaired by Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, and Jeremy Creelan, a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block and a former special counsel to Cuomo.

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