In response to the public outrage over the light sentencing of some of New York City's juvenile offenders who had committed heinous crimes, the legislature enacted the Crime Package Bill which made revisions to the entire justice system. The result was that New York was provided with some of the harshest juvenile justice systems in the country. This Article argues that the system is both ineffective and inefficient. First, the Article examines the historical development of the juvenile system, then the more recent reforms of the system, and finally the problems created by the Crime Package Bill.

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