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Say NO to HB382 & H217 PDF Print Email

 

our group committed to assisting in advocacy against legislation that is currently being considered in NC General Assembly.This month there is a lot happening in Raleigh that will affect children in our state. We are currently focusing our efforts to two important bills that could use most advocacy help. This week both bills will be heard so it is important that we get our voices included on behalf of the children and families we represent in Mecklenburg County.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BILLS:

H392 - http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/508/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=565

House Bill 392 would require local DSS agencies to check all applicants for public benefits for outstanding arrest warrants. If there is an outstanding arrest warrant, law enforcement would be notified and certain benefits would be denied (if the arrest warrant is for a felony or probation violation).

 

H217 - http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/508/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=569

House Bill 217 would allow prosecutors to charge any 13-15 year-old as an adult if that child ischarged with a B1-E felony. Currently, an impartial judge conducts a hearing to determine if the child should be tried as an adult or a juvenile. If House Bill 217 passes in its current form, no hearing is held to determine which court is appropriate and there are no formal standards for deciding between them.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Call or email our Mecklenburg  representatives, encourage others to do so.

HB392: This bill has cleared committee and is being voted on in the house. We are currently targeting the entire Mecklenburg House Delegation:

Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. (District 107)

919-733-5778

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William Brawley (District 103)

919-733-5800

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Rob Bryan (District88)

919-733-5607

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Becky Carney (District 102)

919-733-5827

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Tricia Ann Cotham (District 100)

919-715-0706

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Carla D. Cunningham (District 106)

919-733-5807

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Beverly M.Earle (District 101)

919-715-2530

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Charles Jeter (District 92)

919-733-5654

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Rodney W. Moore (District 99)

919-733-5606

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Ruth Samuelson (District 104)

919-715-3009

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Jacqueline Michelle Schaffer (District 105)

919-733-5886

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Thom Tillis (District 98)

919-733-3451

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H217: We are currently targeting Rep Rob Bryan who is on the House Judiciary B committee.

Rob Bryan(88):

919-733-5607

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Next step the bill goes through the Appropriations Committee. Mecklenburg members are:

Rob Bryan (District 88)

919-733-5607

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Carla D. Cunningham (District 106)

919-733-5807

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Beverly M. Earle (District 101)

919-715-2530

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Charles Jeter (District 92)

919-733-5654

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Ruth Samuelson (District 104)

919-715-3009

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Raise The Age Factsheet PDF Print Email

Raising the Juvenile Jurisdiction Age in NC to 18:

The State of North Carolina is one of only 2 states (the other NY) that automatically treats all 16 and 17 year olds as adults.

Current System for Treating Youth Under Age 18

  • 13-17 year olds who commit A felony – mandatory adult system
  • 13-15 year olds who commit B-E felony – juvenile system with option for transfer hearing to adult court
  • 6-12 year olds who commit any offense – juvenile court, no transfer hearing option
 
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.

 


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