Niagara Gazette


April 14, 2014

CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals


Niagara Gazette — If New York were to amend its penal code, what’s next? Scientists and psychologists have long said that the brain’s judgment-control and risk-assessment systems don’t fully mature until the mid-20s. Will that one day mean that criminals shouldn’t be tried as adults until they are 26?

Yes, it’s silly to think that, but it’s just as ridiculous to give thugs of any age a free pass.

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. Email him at

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