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Nixon calls for further criminal justice reforms

Jul 23, 2018 12:15 pm
Glenn Blain and Ellen Moynihan are reporting for the Daily News gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon July 20, called for an end to solitary confinement and criminal justice reform that keeps all kids under 18 out of criminal court. During a campaign stop in Harlem, Nixon criticized Andrew M. Cuomo’s approach to criminal justice reform, saying the agreement struck last year to raise the state’s age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, did not go far enough. That agreement allows 16-and 17-year-olds facing misdemeanor charges to be tried in Family Court, but keeps more serious felony crimes in adult criminal court. Nixon later wrote on Twitter. “The estimated cost of youth incarceration in New York is a shocking $350,000 per year per child. Just imagine if we invested that sort of money in our children’s schools at the beginning of their lives, rather than in misery dollars down the line.” Administration officials scoffed at the comments and touted the governor’s record on criminal justice reform. Alphonso David, Cuomo’s chief counsel, defended the Raise-the-Age agreement, saying it was a critically needed reform that was achieved after a hard-fought battle with the Legislature. Read the full story in the Daily News.