North Carolina raises the age for adult prosecution, but not in all cases

Last month the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that will raise the age of adult prosecution for most crimes from 16 to 18, finally pushing through a reform that legislators have been considering since the 1950s. Included in the contested $23 billion state budget, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (JJRA) had overwhelming bipartisan support, with backing from groups as disparate as the liberal ACLU and the conservative John Locke Foundation.

Set to go into effect in December 2019, the law makes North Carolina the last state in the nation to stop automatically sending all 16- and 17-year-olds into to the adult system…

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