In North Carolina, if a youth is 15 years old or younger and commits a crime, his or her case will be brought to the attention of the juvenile justice staff within the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. The division focuses on juvenile justice issues and at-risk youth in the state.
The Department of Public Safety offers services for youth by establishing and maintaining a seamless comprehensive juvenile justice system that promotes juvenile delinquency prevention, intervention and treatment.
From the Raleigh News and Observer:
Reforms credited for driving juvenile crime down in North Carolina
front page story Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
Youth Crime's Decline
editorial, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012