Dutchess legislator proposes creation of youth court

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Legislator Craig Brendli has proposed creation of a county youth court similar to ones in Putnam and Ulster counties.

The court, part of the family court system, would give first-time misdemeanor offenders under the age of 16 a second chance, Brendli said.

“They would go through a traditional trial except people their age would be in all the roles and what would happen is once that is done they would be sentenced to community service and/or a letter of apology,” he said.

Brendli said a youth court is a legally recognized court in New York that provides restorative justice and a second chance to first-time, misdemeanor youth offenders.

The proposal will come before the county legislature next month.


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