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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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NYSACDL President Testifies on Raising Age of Criminal Responsibility

December 15, 2011 – NYSACDL President Kevin O’Connell testified before the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission in support of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18.   The move would alleviate the burden of a criminal conviction and often dire collateral consequences such as getting accepted into college or programs, getting jobs, and of course, immigration consequences to name a few.  Growing awareness of the development of the adolescent brain and the differences between adults and adolescents point  to the need and justification for different treatment of the younger offenders.  It is urged that the age of criminal responsibility be raised and the eligibility for Youthful Offender Treatment be expanded for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. NYSACDL President Kevin O’Connell’s Testimonyy.