NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - North Carolina is just one of two states that prosecutes 16-year-olds as adults for criminal charges, but a local activist is pushing to raise the age to 18.
"For those of us that were 16 or 17 at one point, I have to admit, that I wasn't too adult like and wasn't great with my decision making," Janna Robertson admitted.
that the human brain is not fully formed until the age of 25. So the activist argues, 16 and 17-year-olds shouldn't be tried in juvenile court for misdemeanor charges.
“We don't let them vote, we don't let them drink, I don't see why they should be in adult prison,” Robertson explained. “We do know from neuroscience that 16 and 17-year-olds aren't better at making decisions or at least not as much better than an 8 or 9-year-old.”
Robertson is pushing for a bill called the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act that would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to be tried as juveniles for misdemeanor offenses.