Raise the Age - NC

What is the Raise the Age Initiative?

Prior to the 2017 session of the N.C. General Assembly, North Carolina was the one remaining state in the United States that automatically charged individuals 16-years-old and above in the adult criminal justice system. Years of perseverance, research, study and education on this topic brought together a strong, bipartisan coalition of support for Raise the Age in 2017 that included all three branches of government – executive, judicial and legislative – as well as law enforcement and advocacy organizations. During the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction for nonviolent crimes to age 18, effective Dec. 1, 2019.