RAISING THE AGE SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE
Brooklyn, NY - The Conservative Party sent the following legislative memo to each legislative member urging them to vote against another unfunded state mandate and one that sends the wrong message. The memo on A 7642/S 5642 follows:
Purpose: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, the executive law, the family court act and the penal law, in relation to raising the age of criminal responsibility, and to repeal certain provisions of the criminal procedure law, relating thereto.
Party Position: No one wants to see young teens in jail or prison, but raising the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 in New York sends the wrong message and is an unfunded mandate that counties cannot afford.
While it is understandable to want to help youngsters turn away from a life of crime by providing alternative solutions to sending 16 and 17 year olds to prison, the fact remains that unless it is a heinous crime, most young first time criminals are not sent directly to prison.
By raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, these imprudent children, are provided -- by the government -- the opportunity to scam the system. Crime "lords" seek to have young people commit crimes because the courts are traditionally lenient with younger defendants. By raising the age, we send the wrong message to the criminal world.
This bill will cost counties by having them provide additional services they are ill prepared to pay. Counties are already burdened by far too many unfunded mandates that are driving taxpayers from New York State.
We urge you to reject this proposed bill.
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