North Carolina will no longer charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, starting in 2019. This is a huge win!


Legislators finally passed a budget item in the 2017 legislative session that included funding and implementation timelines for raise the age. North Carolina will finally implement #raisetheage in its entirety in 2019.

Here you can find the legislation that was ultimately passed:

Senate Bill 257 (pages 309-325) and a summary of the bill from the NC Office of the Juvenile Defender

Here are some stories highlighting this win:

NC becomes last state to ‘raise the age’ of teens in court (News & Observer)

North Carolina becomes last state to 'raise the age', won't try 16-year-olds as adults (WCNC)

Lawmakers announce agreement to ‘Raise the Age’ in final budget beginning December 2019 (NC Policy Watch)

For more information about implementation, please feel free to contact the Youth Justice Project at