The Wake County Board of Commissioners is the latest group to join the growing list of supporters for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. According to Indy Weekly, the commissioners stressed that teenagers should be allowed to make mistakes that do not follow them the rest of their lives.
A bipartisan bill was filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives on March 8. The Commission does not typically weigh in on legislative matters unless they are of particular importance to the citizens it represents. Commissioner Matt Calabria was quoted saying, “I do not think this is about being soft on crime, but it’s about doing the smart thing.”
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison was also at the press conference to show his support for raising the age.