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Raise the Age is Close to a Reality PDF Print Email
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

 

Raise the Age is Close to a Reality

After more than ten years of discussions, there is a reasonable chance that the NC

Legislature could act on a bill that would raise the age (RTA) of juvenile court

jurisdiction in NC. NC is one of two states out of fifty that automatically treat 16

and 17 year olds as adults in the court system. There is clear and convincing

evidence that we do harm to 16 and 17 year olds when they are treated as adults

in court. There is also a heightened risk that they would be physically and/or

sexually victimized when incarcerated with adult criminals. States that have

changed their law in recent years have tracked outcomes and can show that

juvenile court has much better results for kids and that future criminal behavior is

seriously reduced.

 

The Children’s Alliance, a network of more than 30 agencies serving children in

Mecklenburg County, has followed this pending legislation for several years and

believes that 16 & 17 year olds would better be served as juveniles in court where

the focus is on rehabilitation rather than punishments such as incarceration with

older adults. In fact, juvenile courts tend to render harsher sentences to juvenile

court that adult courts impose on 16 & 17 year old offenders.

Please join us on Thursday, August 25 th @ 6pm at the Charlotte Mecklenburg

Government Center to hear more about why this is important for our children and

youth. You can also sign up to speak if you so chose.

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