North Carolina is one of only two states that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-yr-olds charged with misdemeanor as adults, even for low-level offenses. This may soon be a thing of the past.
Yesterday (May 21), House Bill 725 (deemed the “Raise the Age” Bill) was passed by the state House of Representatives. This legislature received bipartisan support, and this measure will aim to make communities safer, save taxpayers money, and improve outcomes for children by placing 16- and 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanors through the juvenile court system.
The bill now heads to the state Senate. For more information on HB725, you can visit www.ncchild.org. You can also find facts and learn about the consequences of placing 16- and 17-year-olds through the adult court system at www.RaisetheAgeNC.com.