N.C. lawmakers to weigh in on 'raise the age' measure

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North Carolina lawmakers will consider a measure to end a practice that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds for crimes as adults. The "raise the age" legislation is up for debate Wednesday in a House judiciary committee. The state is set to be the only one in the country that automatically tries teens as adults since New York legislators agreed in April to a two-year phase out of the practice. The proposal would take effect in 2019, shifting misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases to juvenile court. The committee meeting occurs on the same day the Senate was to begin debating a budget plan that also included eliminating automatic adult court for these youth. But the language limited the exemption to misdemeanors only and implements the shift that would begin in 2020. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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