A Queens judge issued a ruling calling on state lawmakers to consider changes to laws enacted under the “Raise the Age” legislative package that would allow certain defendants who were convicted of felonies years ago prior to turning the age of 19 to seal their records.
It was the second time in recent months that state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas, the administrative judge for the criminal term in Queens Supreme Court, has used a ruling to urge elected officials in Albany to consider amending the eligibility of the record-sealing provision enacted as part of Raise the Age to include cases where judges did not provide defendants with youthful offender treatment despite their eligibility to do so.
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