Key Initiatives

2021 Minimum Age Training

2021 Minimum Age Training

Raising the minimum age of juvenile jurisdiction from 6 to 10 for most youth, Senate Bill 207 goes into effect Dec. 1, 2021. The bill also implemented changes to the Juvenile Code that improve "Raise the Age" implementation, including providing for prosecutorial discretion in whether to retain (instead of mandatory transfer) youth charged with a Class D through Class G felony offense in juvenile court.

In October 2021, Juvenile Justice held training in Durham for the Eastern and Central region staff to receive information regarding Senate Bill 207 implementation, also known as the “minimum age bill.” The law will exclude juveniles between the ages of 6 to 10 from court involvement and implement several statutory changes recommended by the Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee. The JJAC was created in 2017 as part of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act and is responsible for planning for "Raise the Age" implementation and making recommendations to the General Assembly. Piedmont and Western regions will receive training in November 2021.

The presentations from the conference were:

Deputy Secretary William Lassiter Juvenile Justice overview

Minimum Age Data

Juvenile Minimum Age & Other Raise the Age Changes

Court Services Overview of Senate Bill 207

Juvenile Court Mental Health Assessments







State of the Section Meetings 2015 Edgecombe Youth Development Center Open House

Edgecombe Youth Development Center Open House

2016 Juvenile Justice Instructor of the Year Awards