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Letter: Raise the age of criminal adulthood

The Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead is seen

The Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead is seen here on Feb, 2, 2006. Credit: Newsday / Daniel Goodrich

The League of Women Voters of New York State has voted in support of the views expressed in “Push to raise prosecution age” [News, Feb. 2].

While society has laws to protect usfrom criminals, we should also try not to perpetuate the criminals in our society. As mentioned in the article, 33,000 young people a year, ages 16 and 17, are prosecuted as adults. To place these young people together with adult criminals confines them to a dangerous environment and into a system that encourages recidivism.

We have a chance to rehabilitate these 33,000 young people and allow them to become productive and meaningful citizens instead of placing them on the cycle that leads back to prison.

Harris Dinkoff, Malverne

Editor’s note: The writer is the secretary of the League of Women Voters of Nassau County.


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