Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting his "pardon power" to good use...

The Governor is planning to pardon people who were convicted of non-violent crimes when they were minors.

In order to be eligible, the person must have been 16 or 17 years old at the time they committed the non-violent crime, and has to have lived a crime-free life for at least ten years. The person must also be a New York State resident, and a productive member of their community.

Governor Cuomo stated that having a criminal record as an adult can make it tough for former youth offenders to find work, find a place to live, or even go to college.