“The state Senate should be ashamed of itself. For the second time in as many years, it has refused (so far) to give serious consideration to widely supported efforts to make sure 16- and 17-year-olds don’t get sent to the adult criminal justice system when they get into trouble with the law. The right policy solution — doing what all neighboring states do and treating kids like kids until their 18th birthday — is simple. Now New York just needs the political will to do the right thing.
The facts, indeed, have widespread agreement on both the left and the right. The two of us, one a conservative think tank leader and one a progressive youth advocate, think the same way about this issue — as do Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly and many law enforcement experts around the state…”
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