Gov. Andrew Cuomo will issue conditional pardons for about 10,000 former juvenile offenders who won’t have to disclose convictions on employment, credit or other applications.
The New York Democrat said that offenders with misdemeanor and non-violent felony convictions at age 16 or 17 will get pardons after a decade with no subsequent crimes.
On WNYC radio, Cuomo said that most will be cases involving illegal substances. He said that youths make mistakes that shouldn’t mean lifelong hardships.