Bill makes its way past committee for the first time.
The initiative for ‘raising the age’ of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina is gaining steam as lawmakers in Raleigh have come out in support of it this legislative session. Currently, any person 16 years of age or older who commits a crime of any kind is charged as an adult in North Carolina courts—a nearly 100-year-old policy that has become the subject of national contention.
On June 20, House Judiciary Subcommittee A unanimously voted to approve a bipartisan- supported bill that would change the age at which adolescents are tried as adults.
Currently, North Carolina is one of only two states which automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-yearolds as adults for any type of crime.