It was years in the making, but staring this month 16 and 17-year-olds will not automatically be charged as adults for low-level felonies and misdemeanors in North Carolina.
A tremendous amount of work has gone on behind the scenes since the Raise the Age legislation was passed in 2017. And last week, Billy Lassiter, Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Justice for the Department of Public Safety sat down with Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield to discuss the impact of the legislation, efforts to reduce recidivism rates, and what additional fine-tuning the law may need in the future.
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