Cuomo To Issue Conditional Pardons For 10000 Juvenile Offenders

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Calling it the Fair Chance Act, the New York City Council, for instance, already voted to prevent companies in the city from asking applicants if they have a criminal history.

In a move that’s meant to make finding jobs, housing, and access to social support easier for thousands of New Yorkers, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he will grant clemencies to people who were convicted of non-violent felonies when they were teenagers.


Berkeley Brean: “There are going to be people watching tonight that think there are consequences for bad behavior and this pardon let’s people off. What would you say to them?”

Cuomo’s office says “approximately 10,000 people will be impacted” and that around 350 people will become eligible for pardoning each year. As of January 2014, just 12%  of inmates had committed drug offenses, and another 12.7% had been convicted of property crimes.

Cuomo, speaking on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC, said it will help the youthful offenders when they are trying to get a job. If they’re convicted and punished, but stay out of trouble for ten years, the governor’s plan would pardon them of the crime.

In order to be considered, those applying must have spent at least 10 years without any additional convictions.

Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY, said, “I am excited that the Governor has taken it upon himself to do his part in ending the injustice of treating young boys and girls as adults in the court system”.

The state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, has called on the legislature to raise the minimum age for adult criminal responsibility to 18, but lawmakers have thus far not acted.

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