"North Carolina's children, families and taxpayers need and deserve a smarter approach to dealing with children charged with misdemeanors," said Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake), one of the bill's chief sponsors. "After achieving strong bipartisan support for raising the age this session, my colleagues and I will now carefully craft the specifics necessary to make this important change a reality. In making the change, we will reduce crime, save taxpayers money and give North Carolina's children the same shot at success as kids in 48 other states."
Last night, leadership agreed to take the logical next step by making raising the age and juvenile justice reform a priority for the Legislative Research Committee. This committee will formally take up juvenile justice reform in the coming weeks.
Last night's decision and the increasing support from legislators, media and allies, proves how far this movement has come. We must continue to educate, engage and organize! We will be in touch soon with next steps regarding the Legislative Research Commission.
Thank you for continuing to stand for youth justice!
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