Youth Justice Symposium
The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law; the Cardozo Law Review; and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law invite you to
In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York
Friday, April 19, 2013
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
New York is one of only two states in the entire nation to set the age of criminal responsibility as low as 16. The state also permits the prosecution of children as young as 13 automatically as adults, pursuant to the Juvenile Offender Law. These laws, as well as the Youthful Offender statute, have a significant impact on shaping New York's model of justice for minors. Stakeholders in the youth justice court system have called for the state to raise the age for criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
There are a range of proposals for the implementation of such legislation, each of which has wide ranging consequences for court and other institutions. This symposium will address many questions, including: How should the state approach youth in the court system? Through therapeutic, or restorative justice? Through punitive models? Are the cases best handled in family, criminal, or problem solving courts? Is there a better model?
Co-Sponsored by Brooklyn Defender Services, Kings County District Attorneys' Office, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York Center for Juvenile Justice, New York Civil Liberties Union, The Bronx Defenders, The Legal Aid Society