Imagine yourself as a 16- or 17-year-old student. At this age, many people are testing boundaries and participating in acts of rebellion. It is the age at which many teens make mistakes and get in trouble. Now, imagine being this age and getting sentenced as an adult for something as minor as shoplifting a bag of chips. This perceived heavy-handed punishment is at the center of a motion presented to members of the General Assembly in North Carolina.
The measure is called Raise the Age and was proposed by a group of legislators named Action for Children North Carolina. They have seen a serious problem with many young people facing misdemeanor charges. In a shockingly high amount of cases, these teens are being sentenced as adults for petty crimes. North Carolina is one of only two states in the entire country that prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for misdemeanors.
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