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


North Carolina is one of two states that process any offense committed by 16- and 17-year-olds in the adult justice system. Vera’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit worked with the state’s Youth Accountability Planning Task Force to assess the costs and benefits of transferring 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors and low-level, nonviolent felony offenses to the juvenile justice system. This report presents the results and the methodology of the cost-benefit analysis.