Mayor Bloomberg Announces Weekend Arraignments For Juveniles
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg speaks with Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, and Mark Jacobson, director of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that beginning next month, children charged with juvenile delinquency and held in custody during weekends and holidays will appear before a judge for arraignment within 24-hours after arrest so these children will have the same rights as adults charged with a crime. Until this agreement children charged with juvenile delinquency have languished in detention for two to four days after arrest.

"This is a landmark day for children to ensure that they will be treated fairly in the juvenile justice system and promptly brought before a judge when they are accused of misconduct," said Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society. “On behalf of The Legal Aid Society, and Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-in-Charge of our Society's Juvenile Rights Practice, I want to commend the City and the State Office of Court Administration for taking this important step forward.” The Legal Aid Society was one of the agencies involved in this landmark agreement.

The right to appear before a judge for arraignment within 24-hours after arrest was secured for adults by The Legal Aid Society in 1990 in the landmark Rountree case.