Bills Seek To Lengthen Age For NC Juvenile Courts

Advocates for young offenders are trying again to get North Carolina law changed so that 16 and 17-year-olds will be tried in the juvenile courts in most situations.

The group Action for Children North Carolina planned a news conference Tuesday at the Legislative Building, along with legislators who have filed bills to raise the age of jurisdiction by adult courts to age 18.

Action for Children says North Carolina is the only state where
16-year-olds are prosecuted automatically in adult court, with no
exceptions. The House and Senate bills wouldn't change the current
law that allows a child as young as 13 to be tried in adult court
on a felony if a judge agrees.

The bills also would create a panel help with the transition.

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