Final Raise the Age LRC meeting TOMORROW!

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Final Raise the Age LRC meeting TOMORROW!       

Dear Allies,


The Legislative Research Commission’s (LRC) House Study Committee on Age of Juvenile Offenders will convene TOMORROW, December 18 in room 643 at 2pm in Raleigh. 




For the final meeting, LRC committee members will VOTE on raise the age recommendations that will be used for the 2013 legislative session. We expect that the recommendation will be to raise the age of 16 and 17 year old misdemeanors, but need allies in the room to make sure this happens! Join us at 2pm in room 643 Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.   


Can’t make it? Submit your statement of support! 


The leaders from this committee need to hear from us: Allies, families and youth who care and are impacted by the current outdated law. Let’s support the LRC members who are committed to reforming juvenile justice and raising the age! 


Click HERE to enter your statement of support.


Below are some suggested talking points you can share. Remember to let the committee know why YOU want to see North Carolina pass raise the age legislation in 2013. 


  • North Carolina remains one of only two states that automatically prosecute all 16 and 17-year olds as adults – even for something as minor as stealing a bag of Doritos. Nearly 22,000 youth each year are impacted by this 100 year old law. 
  • By raising the age our state, "has a significant opportunity to get smarter on fighting crime, create an effective juvenile justice system and shore up the workforce by opening doors for more productive, law-abiding citizens." – The News&Observer
  • Raise the Age legislation has bi-partisan support. Supporters know Raise the Age legislation means holding youth accountable and involving their families. There is no get-out-of-jail-free-card in the juvenile justice system. It includes frequent contact with court counselors, receiving services, treatment, education and it makes youth pay back victims.  
  • An analysis by the NC Sentencing & Policy Advisory Commission (2007) found that handling kids in the juvenile justice system instead of the adult system meant less crime and more public savings! 


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Raise the Age Allies: The RTA bill will be up for a vote TOMORROW, will you join us for the hearing?

Dear Friends:

The Raise the age legislation (S434) will be heard on Wednesday, June 6th at 10am in the House Judiciary Subcommittee A in room 1327 of the Legislative Building. Hope to see you there!

We can not allow the bill to be removed from tomorrow’s calendar, so please consider emailing or calling the committee members and urge them to give the RTA bill it’s fair time in the committee! More details on the action alert:

Share the most recent Action Alert with your colleagues and friends:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Thank you for all that you continue to do!



Angella Bellota
Raise the Age Coalition Coordinator
Office: 919.834.6623 x233
Cell: 909.489.7691