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A05022 Summary:

COSPNSRJaffee, Perry
Amd S720.10, CP L
Increases the age of a person from nineteen to twenty-two to be deemed a youth for youthful offender status.
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A05022 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: O'Donnell (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to increasing the age of a person deemed a youth for youthful offender status   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would change the age of eligibility for youthful offenders, making older teenagers and those who were twenty or twenty-one at the time the crime was committed eligible for youthful offender treatment.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends subdivision one of Criminal Procedure Law section 720.10 by changing the upper age of eligibility for youthful offender treatment from "less than nineteen" to "less than twenty-two." Section 2 is the effective date, which is 60 days after the bill shall have become a law.   JUSTIFICATION: As the United States Supreme Court recognized in Roper v. Simms, 543 U.S. 551 (2005), adolescents and teenagers differ signif- icantly from adults with respect to characteristics that lead to a conclusion that juveniles have diminished culpability. Youth are less mature and have an underdeveloped sense of responsibility; they are more vulnerable to outside pressures, including peer pressure, and other negative influences; and their characters are less well formed and still developing. Id. at 569-570. Youthful offender status recognizes those differences and provides a mechanism for different treatment of young offenders when appropriate. In light of the research discussed below, eligibility for youthful offender treatment should be extended to those who were less than twenty-two at the time the crime was committed. Studies reviewed and summarized by the National Conference of State Legislatures support a conclusion that the neurobiological, psychosocial and developmental differences between juveniles and adults continue into the late teens and early twenties. A longitudinal study conducted by the chief of Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health concluded that the average human brain is not fully developed until age 25; critically, the frontal lobe, which is responsible for functions such as advanced cognition, controlling impulses and judging consequences, continues to develop into the early twenties. The MacArthur Foundation has conducted psychosocial and developmental research that corroborates the neurobiological findings.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.1794 (2013-14) A.10267 (2012).   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: To take effect 60 days after the bill shall have become a law.
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A05022 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 10, 2015
        Introduced  by M. of A. O'DONNELL, JAFFEE, CLARK, PERRY -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Codes
        AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in  relation  to  increasing
          the age of a person deemed a youth for youthful offender status
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 720.10 of the  criminal  procedure
     2  law,  as  amended by chapter 411 of the laws of 1979, is amended to read
     3  as follows:
     4    1. "Youth" means a person charged with a crime alleged  to  have  been
     5  committed  when  he  was at least sixteen years old and less than [nine-
     6  teen] twenty-two years old or a person charged  with  being  a  juvenile
     7  offender  as  defined  in  subdivision forty-two of section 1.20 of this
     8  chapter.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    10  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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