Statement in Response to Gov. Cuomo’s Youth Pardons

Dec. 30, 2016 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued the first round of conditional pardons to more than 100 New Yorkers who were convicted of a non-violent crime when they were minors, and who have since lived crime-free for 10 years or more.

“Governor Cuomo’s action today to pardon New Yorkers who became victims of a broken criminal justice system is a significant step in the right direction. We are looking forward to working with him and State legislators this upcoming year to pass legislation that will finally raise the age, improve outcomes for young people and improve public safety,” said the Raise the Age NY Campaign.

Governor Cuomo said in a statement that conditional pardons for people who were convicted as 16- and 17-year-olds reaffirms his commitment to advancing the Raise the Age agenda and other criminal justice reform measures.

“These New Yorkers have spent at least a decade proving their rehabilitation, but have been unable to fully reenter society due to the stigma of conviction and the barriers that come with it,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York is a state of opportunity and today, we are granting these individuals and others a second chance to live up to their full potential, provide for their families and give back to their communities. With these actions, we have taken one more step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York for all.” Learn more about these pardons in the full press release from Gov. Cuomo.

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