Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility

New York remains one of only two states that continues to charge 16- and 17-year olds as adults.  Scientific and psycho-social research shows that teen brains are still a “work in progress,” and that youths do not have the the decision-making abilities of adults.  As chair of the NYC Council Juvenile Justice Committee, I support policies in New York City that keep teenagers out of the adult justice system, giving them a better chance for a safe and productive life. Last week’s joint hearing with the Committee on Courts will result in good legislation to help our youth.040