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Cuomo names members of NY juvenile justice group

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named 16 members to his commission on juvenile justice.

The group will recommend changes to how juveniles go through the justice system by the end of the year.

Cuomo says state laws that allow adult criminal charges at age 16 are unfair. New York and North Carolina are the only states that charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

Cuomo said Wednesday that more than 33,000 young offenders had cases in adult criminal courts last year.

Coalition members include the Manhattan and Westchester County district attorneys, the Albany police chief, advocates for children, and the probation director for Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-tuh-dee) County.

Raising the age a juvenile can be charged as an adult would ultimately be done by legislation.

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