A different perspective on ‘raising the age.’
The Macon County News has been following the progress of Senate Bill 434 that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18. While the bill unanimously passed the House judiciary Subcommittee A on June 20, it failed in a Senate appropriations committee. The issue now moves to the Legislative Research Committee for review. Proponents continue to push for adoption of the initiative. Following is an editorial from a different perspective.
Senator Thom Goolsby
9th District – New Hanover County
A move is afoot to change North Carolina’s definition of an “adult criminal.” Currently, if you are old enough to drive a car, you are old enough to be treated as an adult when it comes to criminal offenses. This means that 16 and 17-year-olds are adjudicated in adult criminal court when they are accused of committing a crime.