Wake board supports ‘raise the age’ effort to limit teen incarcerations

The Democratic-led Wake County Board of Commissioners is publicly endorsing a Republican-led effort that would keep more teenagers out of prison.

The Wake board, which is responsible for county spending, scheduled a press conference on Monday to support an effort in the N.C. General Assembly that would give the juvenile criminal-justice system jurisdiction over 16- and 17-year-olds.

North Carolina is one of only two states that currently prosecute people age 16 and 17 as adults.

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