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ACLU of North Carolina is the North Carolina state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) is the 501(c)(3) arm of the ACLU-NC that coordinates and carries out its legal and educational work around civil liberties issues.
Primary Contact Name: Susanna Birdsong
Position: Policy Counsel
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Phone: 919-834-3466
Twitter: @ACLU_NC
Facebook: @ACLUNC
The Youth Justice Project (YJP) of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems.

Primary Contact Name: Peggy D. Nicholson

Position: Director

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Website: https://www.southerncoalition.org/youth-justice-project/

Twitter: @scsj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southerncoalition


Bill Number: SB 413

Type of Reform

Jail Removal Reform - Except that children charged with Class A-E felonies can be detained in a holdover facility for up to 72 hours. 

Year: 2019

Bill Number: SB 257

Type of Reform

Raise the Age Reform - Raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 years old, except for certain felonies. 

Year: 2017

Bill Number: SB 635

Type of Reform

Sentencing Reform - Eliminated juvenile life without parole for all youth convicted of second-degree murder, and required a person convicted of first-degree murder, and under the age of 18 at the time of the crime, to serve twenty-five years in prison before becoming parole eligible.

Year: 2012


From Push Out to Lock Up: North Carolina’s Accelerated School-to-Prison Pipeline (2013)

This report presents a statewide overview of the various segments in North Carolina’s school-to-prison pipeline that move vulnerable students into the court system: underfunded schools, harsh discipline, increased policing of school hallways and a lack of adequate intervention programs or alternative education placements. The final section of the report proposes four recommendations to begin dismantling the school-to-pipeline: 1. Raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for youth who commit misdemeanor offenses; 2. Implement evidence-based reforms to ensure equitable treatment for all students in North Carolina; 3. Improve data collection and reporting requirements to better inform school administrators, parents, and policymakers; and 4. Establish a legislative task force on school discipline policies.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction in North Carolina (2011)

This report presents the results of the cost-benefit analysis of a plan to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina to 18. The report concludes that the benefits of the plan outweigh the costs and that, from a cost-benefit standpoint, the policy change merits consideration.

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