Raising the Age: New York's Archaic Age of Criminal Responsibility

, New York Law Journal


Merril Sobie, a professor at Pace University Law School, writes: Today, in 48 states a child who is 16 years of age will be adjudicated in a juvenile or family court, and in most states a child of 17 will be similarly adjudicated. Only two states, New York and North Carolina, adhere to the early 20th century age limitation.

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  • asfa geek

    The author has clearly not spent much time in Family Court. "to be integrated by OCA when fiscally and administrativelyv feasible" is pretty unrealistic given the current fiscal and staffing limitations on OCA and the longstanding shortage of resources in Family Courts. Traffic tickets for non-misdemeanor offenses in Family Court ??!! Really ??!!

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