The push to ‘Raise The Age’ of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 has been a long-fought battle in North Carolina. Support for that change is growing this year, on both sides of the aisle, but it has some in Western North Carolina wary.
North Carolina’s current law, passed in 1919, says that anyone charged with any crime whatsoever, will be tried as an adult starting at age 16. New York is the only other state with such a law. Critics in the Tar Heel State call this obsolete and counterproductive.