The Carrboro Board of Aldermen proposed a resolution May 9 for the North Carolina General Assembly to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
North Carolina is the only state left to still treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. The bill progressed through the North Carolina House Judiciary Committee on May 8.
Damon Seils, a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, said supporting the bill was important
“The vast majority of crimes committed by juveniles are not violent offenses or they’re misdemeanors," Seils said. "It doesn’t make sense for kids to be tried as adults under the circumstances."
Rob Thompson, the policy and communications advisor for NC Child, said he’s not surprised to see the Carrboro Town Council support the bill.