From Action for Children:
North Carolina is the only state in the nation that still prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, with no exceptions. Incarcerated children in North Carolina have no right to rehabilitative programming, mentoring, counseling, or even an education. Of the more than 30,000 minors in the the adult system, more than 85% of them have committed minor crimes.
When children go to prison, no one wins. Research shows that prosecuting children in the adult criminal justice system wastes young lives, fosters crime, does not increase public safety, and costs society more in the long run.
Evidence shows that the juvenile system–with programs tailored to how children think and learn– is more effective at rehabilitating youth. Fewer then go on to commit another crime, which means lower costs to society and more children growing up to become educated, employed citizens.
Tell North Carolina’s leaders that it’s time to join the rest of the country. Tell them to throw out this nearly 100-year-old law and put 16- and 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system, where they can be treated, rehabilitated, educated, counseled, and prepared for a successful life. Sign the petition.