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Governor Cuomo Introduces New Pardon Idea For Certain Criminals

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that he is offering pardons to New Yorkers convicted of crimes when they were 16 and 17 years old.

They must have been convicted of a misdemeanor or non-violent felony, and not originally convicted of a sex offense. Also, at least ten years must have passed since the person was either convicted of the crime, or released from incarceration for that crime. About 10,000 New Yorkers will be impacted, with about 350 eligible for pardons on an annual basis.