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Westchester Discussion Set For Charging Teens As Adults

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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