Gavel and Book

Governor Roy Cooper signed a proclamation celebrating that 16 and 17 year olds will no longer be tried in adult court for misdemeanor charges.  While teens accused of violent felonies and some drug crimes may still be charged as adults, the progress made towards raising the age is certainly something to celebrate.  The change will take effect in 2019.

 

Positive Steps Towards Decriminalizing School Misbehavior In Wake County

Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 may be able to avoid a permanent criminal record with a new program being rolled out in Wake County. The details of the county funded program are still being finalized, but the program was developed in response to North Carolina being one of only a few states that automatically prosecutes 16 and 17 year olds as adults. The program is only opened to students who commit nonviolent misdemeanors at school. Prior to the program, these children would have entered the adult criminal system. Now, they have to opportunity to be diverted to alternatives such as Teen Court and mediation. Every child who successfully completes the program, which includes treatment for behavioral issues, would face no criminal charges or have an arrest record on file.

Hopefully, this program will help close the school-to-prison pipeline and get North Carolina one step closer to raising the age.

You can read the rest of Positive Steps Towards Decriminalizing School Misbehavior In Wake County at the News and Observer.

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Raise the Age Press Conference

On May 1, a press conference was hosted by Chief Justice Mark Martin to discuss efforts to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. Those in attendance included a sampling of judges, attorneys, community and advocacy organizations, DPS officials, and...

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