On April 17, 2013 Rep. Marilyn Avila and advocates held a press conference on the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act (H725). This legislation raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 years old for misdemeanors.
Since the far-right takeover of our General Assembly and election of Gov. Pat McCrory, we’ve witnessed Republicans sacrifice good governance in favor of rigid ideology.
Work to pass bills in defiance of research and expert opinion. Defend decisions to dismantle or refuse to expand public systems on the grounds that they are irrevocably “broken.” Write legislation that disproportionately hurts people of color.
Brandy Bynum, Action for Children NC, discusses declining incarceration rates for young people and the latest on ‘Raise the Age’ legislation
As the first name in second chances, Eckerd has been a leader in serving families and communities in North Carolina for more than 30 years.
My parents, Jack and Ruth Eckerd, founded this organization to provide innovative and impactful services and supports for children and families. Now, most longtime North Carolina citizens have a friend or family member that has been impacted by an Eckerd program and it is time to take juvenile justice services in the state to the next level.
RALEIGH — A North Carolina lawmaker wants to see the state treat 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds as juveniles instead of adults in the court system.
A legislative committee met to discuss the issue Thursday. A handful of state lawmakers, along with some judges and law enforcement officials, met to talk about when courts should consider teenagers as adults.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series looking at juvenile defendants and the court system.
The perpetrators are getting younger.
“The nature of offenses involving juvenile defendants has increased in numbers and severity,” District Attorney Ernie Lee said. “Juvenile court does not only have the relatively less serious offenses most familiar — vandalism, school fights, etc. — the cases now often involve robberies, sexual assaults and other serious offenses.
This letter is in response to the article entitled, “No need to expand N.C.’s Juvenile Courts” that appeared in the Macon County News Volume 30 Number 14 on Thursday, August 30, 2012. I sincerely hope that you will publish this in The Macon County News and thereby allow the perspective of a parent to be considered.
Senator Thom Goolsby offered his perspective of what he thinks is a better solution than the legislation proposed in Senate Bill 434. I would like to offer my opinion as a parent on this issue.
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina children in trouble with the law are spending less time in confinement and more time getting the help they need.
A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows a 43 percent decline in the rate of youth incarceration in North Carolina from 1997 to 2010, echoing a national trend.