The Wake County Board of Commissioners is the latest group to join the growing list of supporters for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. According to Indy Weekly, the commissioners stressed that teenagers should be allowed to make mistakes that do not follow them the rest of their lives.
A bipartisan bill was filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives on March 8. The Commission does not typically weigh in on legislative matters unless they are of particular importance to the citizens it represents. Commissioner Matt Calabria was quoted saying, “I do not think this is about being soft on crime, but it’s about doing the smart thing.”
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison was also at the press conference to show his support for raising the age.
You can read more about the endorsement of raising the juvenile age.
The Carolina Justice Policy Center, as one of the members of the Raise the Age Coalition, has worked for over a decade to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, we moved a giant step closer.
With 68 bi-partisan primary and co-sponsors, House Bill 280, entitled the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act, establishes that a 16- or 17-year-old that commits certain crimes will be tried as a juvenile – not as an adult. While the bill does include low level felonies, violent felonies and some drug offenses would still be tried in adult court for 16 and 17 year olds.
Republican U.S. Sen. Tillis, according to the News and Observer, offered his support of the proposed legislation and juvenile justice reform on Twitter.
CJPC is extremely proud of the work our organization has done to get this bill introduced. We will continue to keep you informed on the progress of the bill and let you know what YOU can do to be a part of this important movement towards juvenile justice reform!
Read more detailed information about the introduction of the bill and the history of NC Raise the Age.
The Raise the Age Coalition is building momentum towards finally making substantive change to the laws in North Carolina. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is the latest group to throw its support behind raising the age in North Carolina.
Previously, the Association’s Executive Committee voted to support raising the age. Just this month, the entire body voted to adopted the recommendation of the Executive Committee.
The Sheriff”s Association has been a long-running and vocal opponent of raising the age in the past. Their support marks a major step towards making history in North Carolina and raising the age of adjudication for juveniles. As a member of the coalition, we applaud the Sheriff’s Association for supporting this important initiative.