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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY — One of the facets of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2015 Opporunity Agenda, which he outlined this afternoon in his State of the State speech, was to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee says the organization supports the idea and looks forward to studying Cuomo’s proposal in detail.

"Every child accused of a nonviolent felony deserves a second chance,” Lau-Kee said via press release. “Research demonstrates-what parents intuitively know-that 16- and 17-year-old kids lack the maturity and judgment to understand the legal consequences of their actions. A criminal record at a young age can shadow a lifetime, affecting an individual's future education and employment.

"Raising the age of criminal responsibility will help all children to embark a more positive path to adulthood. Providing troubled teenagers with support and guidance can help them turn around their lives," he said.

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