Wednesday, June 12, was a great day for the Raise the Age movement! House Bill 725 (the Youth Offenders Rehabilitation Act) passed the Judiciary A Subcommittee, and it has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. It is a long way to final passage, but it’s an important hurdle that we’ve cleared in the attempt to raise the minimum age of the adult court system from 16 to 18.
Action for Children NC (NC Child) has been the loudest advocate for raising the age. There is much more work yet to be done as we shepherd HB 725 through the Appropriations Committee and then to the state House of Representatives. NC Child asks that you contact members of the Appropriations Committee and then the entire NC House. It is important that legislators hear from the public, including youth, parents, clergy, attorneys, business leaders, law enforcement, judges, and advocates.
You can visit NC Child’s website for updates and for a list of Appropriations Committee members and appropriate talking points on Raise the Age. You can also sign up for weekly Child Advocate calls for further updates. These calls take place every Friday at 11 AM. To join, dial 1-800-582-3014 and enter passcode 882011141#.
Action for Children is a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit child advocacy organization, dedicated to educating and engaging all people across the state to ensure that our children are healthy, safe, well-educated and have every opportunity for success.