NC Chief Justice: Stop automatically trying 16-year-olds in criminal court

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin urged legislators Monday not to let North Carolina become the only remaining state that automatically tries 16- and 17-year-olds in criminal court, but to pass legislation aligned with a recommendation of a commission he organized.

Passing “raise the age” legislation would do away with the lasting stigma of a public criminal record for those who commit nonviolent teenage misdeeds, North Carolina’s top judge said at a Legislative Building news conference.


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