N.C. one of only two states to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults
This past Tuesday morning, Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) announced the introduction of HB399, the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act. This legislation would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction, so that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanors are handled in the juvenile system, not the adult criminal justice system. According to Rep. Avila, the lead bill sponsor, ‘raising the age’ is a win for our families, communities, and state finances.
“Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction will lead to both significant fiscal savings, safer communities, and much better outcomes for children,” stated Rep. Avila. “That’s why a strong bipartisan majority of House members voted to approve the bill last year.”
During the 2013-2014 legislative session, “Raise the Age” legislation overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives, but failed to receive a hearing in the Senate.