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Westchester Forum For Raising Adult Criminal Age Set For Thursday

The Mount Kisco Library will host a Town Hall Meeting about raising the criminal age in New York State on Thursday, May 8.
The Mount Kisco Library will host a Town Hall Meeting about raising the criminal age in New York State on Thursday, May 8. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- The Westchester Children’s Association will hold their second “Raise The Age” Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 8 at the Mount Kisco Library at 6:00 p.m. to discuss raising the criminal age from 16 years old.

Among those who will offer comments about the issue at the Town Hall Meeting are:

  • Daniel Berger, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Cathy Johansen, retired Peekskill Police Officer
  • A young adult who has been impacted by the current criminal justice system
  • Allison Lake, Westchester Children’s Association

New York and North Carolina are the only 2 states in the country that still treat youth offenders as adults.

According to a report, Criminal Justice Case Processing of 16 and 17 year olds, prepared by the Department of Criminal Justice in 2013, 46,000 16 and 17 year olds were arrested in New York State in 2010.. In Westchester County in the same year, 1,236 16 and 17 year olds were arrested. Of those arrests in Westchester, 70 percent were misdemeanors.

The Mount Kisco Library is located at 100 East Main Street.