"Age of Offenders"

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Christian Henrichson
Oct 3 2011

An article by Michael D. Abernethy, published on TimesNews.com, examining the debate in North Carolina over raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, draws extensively on Vera's cost-benefit analysis of moving 16- and 17-year-olds accused of committing certain classes of non-violent offenses to the juvenile justice system. The study, conducted by Vera's Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit, was commissioned by the state's Youth Accountability Planning Task Force. Abernethy reported: "Juvenile cases require nearly double the time and resources to prosecute versus adult cases, according to the Vera Institute study. That study called for extra training for D.A. staffs around the state and extra personnel to handle the caseload."