Governor Cuomo Moves To Pardon 16 and 17 Year Olds
Governor Cuomo is looking to pardon or commute the sentence of those who were convicted at the age of 16 years old and 17 years old across the state. According to a press release at www.ny.gov:
Clemency applications commonly come in two forms: sentence commutations and pardons. In general, a commutation is a sentence reduction and a pardon provides unique relief for individuals who have completed their sentences but remain disadvantaged by their criminal history.
If you are eligible for this, you will need to apply for either a pardon or a commutation and submit that package to the New York State Department of Community Supervision Executive Clemency Bureau. The Executive Clemency Bureau will begin the review process and then pass it to Governor Cuomo's office for a final review. Since Governor Cuomo took office in 2011 there has been 739 applications for pardons and 1089 applications for commutations, with 11 approvals.