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STATE BAR ASSOCIATION URGES LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT ESTABLISHMENT OF
Young people sometimes make bad decisions that can have lifetime
consequences, especially if they get caught up in the adult criminal
For this reason, the New York State Bar Association urges the
Assembly and the Senate to pass legislation to allow the disposition of
certain cases in Youth Court, where youths are held accountable for
their actions by their peers.
“Youth Courts have proven to be an effective tool in reducing
recidivism, encouraging community participation and civic activity,
instilling respect for the law and the legal system, and discouraging
youths from engaging in criminal behavior as adults,” said Bar
Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. of New York City (The Legal
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