Rick Collins featured in Syracuse Post Standard: NY state will soon allow ‘thousands’ with past crime convictions to seal records
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York attorney Rick Collins said he understands why advocates might be hailing the state’s new law raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
But he said a major change to the criminal justice system has largely flown under the radar. At the same time lawmakers raised the age, they gave people with criminal convictions, regardless of their age, a chance to seal their records from public view.
“I think it’s a bigger deal,” Collins said. “The reality is this change will have broader effects upon society because there are tens of thousands of New Yorkers of all ages who will be helped by this change in the law.”