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Child advocates pushing lawmakers to raise age for youth accused of minor offenses, WSOCTV (11.29.2012) PDF Print Email
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

North Carolina and New York are the only two states that prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

Child advocates believe the age in North Carolina should be raised for teens who commit minor crimes.

Those advocates spent the day presenting their case to a legislative subcommittee in Raleigh. Frank Crawford, with the Children's Alliance, is behind the effort to push North Carolina lawmakers to change how teens are prosecuted.

"Generally speaking, 16- and 17-year-olds fare better when you treat them as kids rather than adults,” he said.

 
Letter Supporting Raise the Age (SB 434) PDF Print Email

Letter from members of The Children's Alliance to members of House Judiciary Subcommittee A Members:

As advocates for children in Mecklenburg County, we strongly support SB434 to raise the juvenile age from 16 to 18 for youth who commit misdemeanors.

Current scientific research on adolescent brain development shows that teenagers’ brains are still developing adult reasoning capabilities and that environmental influences affect this development. Research and experience show that adolescents are at a vulnerable stage in life when adult behaviors are more accessible, but they do not have the same capacity to regulate these behaviors as adults do. During this time, adolescents are particularly susceptible to making the kinds of poor decisions that get them involved in the criminal justice system.

 
Campaign to Raise the Age PDF Print Email

Tomorrow at 10 am members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee A will meet to hear SB 434 to raise the age from 16 to 18 for youth who commit misdemeanors. We are asking you to mail or email committee members and let them know you support raising the age.

 
Childhood Obesity PDF Print Email

Tuesday May 15th The Children’s Alliance will join forces for the Healthy Child Healthy Weight Summit as part of the Mecklenburg County Health Departments Public Health Forum. This free event will be held at UNCC and is open to anyone in the community who has an active interest in the prevention of childhood obesity.

North Carolina is ranked 14th in obesity among adults and children in the nation. Mecklenburg County follows this trend – according to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, more than 1 in 4 (28%) public high school students is obese or overweight.

 


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