New York Judge Seeks New System for Juveniles
A judge is proposing that the state take a less punitive approach to dealing with 16- and 17-year-old defendants.
Bronx Community Solutions has offered alternative sentencing options geared towards youth aged 16 -21 since its inception five years ago. Now, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, Johnathon Lippman is proposing that 16 and 17 years olds with less serious crimes be sent to juvenile court (instead of criminal court) where there are more social services available. This follows the Bronx Community Solutions model of using an arrest as an opportunity to use interventions that could create positive changes in an individuals life. Bronx Community Solutions will be following this new legislation, and adjusting services appropriately.