Now that Raise the Age has passed, contact your legislators to tell them to fully fund the implementation of the law, which goes into effect on December 1, 2019. E-mail them using our form by clicking here.
WHAT IS RAISE THE AGE?
In 2017, North Carolina legislators included Raise-the-Age legislation in the budget for implementation in December 2019. Once implemented, North Carolina will no longer be the last state in the nation to prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.
The Youth Justice Project will continue to educate impacted communities about the Raise-the-Age legislation, their rights in the juvenile and criminal legal systems, and opportunities/challenges still facing our youth. Children who are 16- and 17-year-olds will still be charged as adults until December 2019.
When youth end up in adult court, there is limited access to rehabilitative programming, mentoring, counseling, and education.
Evidence shows that the juvenile system – with programs tailored to how children think and learn – is more effective at rehabilitating youth. Fewer then go on to commit another crime, which means lower costs to society and more children growing up to become educated, employed citizens.
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The Youth Justice Project supports the effort to Raise the Age by doing the following:
- Conducting community education and presentations
- Participating in statewide and national Raise the Age coalitions
- Educating and talking with policymakers
- Advocating at public hearings, forums, and meetings statewide
- Organizing local support
- Gathering signatures for the Raise-the-Age petition (If you would like to sign the petition, click here.)
For more information on how to get involved, visit raisetheagenc.org.