Juvenile Crime

The State of Things
11:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Teens Help Turn Abandoned North Carolina Prisons Into Farms

Growingchange.org youth participant Clifton Murray, program founder Noran Sanford, and youth participant Robert Hunt harvest food for needy families in their region.
Noran Sanford

Cody Oxendine grew up in a small town in North Carolina dominated by gangs. He joined a gang at a young age and his activities landed him in juvenile court for two counts of simple assault. Three years ago, he was on probation and doing everything in his power to avoid prison. Now, 18-year-old Cody is thrilled to spend a lot of his time at one particular prison.

Oxendine is part of a group of youth leading an effort to flip an abandoned prison in Wagram, North Carolina into a sustainable farm.

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Law
2:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

North Carolina Podcast Poised To Hit National Stage

Criminal's episode art is by Julienne Alexander
Credit Julienne Alexander

Criminal is a new podcast that's gaining some buzz. In August, the Huffington Post called it the Best New Radio Show In America. A couple of months later, it was included in Buzzfeed's list of "12 Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Human."

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Education
5:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

National Conference On Youth Development Takes Place In Greensboro

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About 900 people are expected to attend the National Symposium on Juvenile Services this week in Greensboro.  The five-day event includes panel discussions, trainings on youth development strategies and research presentations to better understand brain development in adolescents.

Seminar topics include:

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Law
4:47 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Curbing Youth Violence In Rural North Carolina

Credit NC-ACE

Back in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to take on what some have called an "epidemic" of youth violence.

One of the initiatives was the Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, or NC-ACE. The program focused on Robeson County which, at the time, had the highest levels of youth violence in the state. NC-ACE is now entering the final year of its efforts, with some of the programs scheduled to wrap up at the end of the summer.

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Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

NC Closer To Raising Age At Which Teens Can Be Tried As Adults

Concertina wire surrounding a prison
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Yesterday, in the state House, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors to be referred to the juvenile justice system, rather than trying them as adults. The measure has been a long time coming.

The so-called “Raise the Age” bill passed 77 to 39 with broad bipartisan support. Republican representative Marilyn Avila of Wake County is the bill’s main sponsor.

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Politics & Government
8:07 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

NC House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Raise Age At Which Teens Can Be Charged As Adults

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State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would raise the age at which North Carolina teens can be charged as adults. North Carolina is one of only two states that still treat 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults. Republican representative Marilyn Avila is a sponsor of the bill.

"This bill is one that I feel like North Carolina needs to consider because we’re one of only two states who do not have our 16 and 17-year-old juvenile delinquents placed in the juvenile justice system. They go into the adult system," said Avila.

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Law
5:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

NC Supreme Court To Consider Mandatory Life Sentences For Juveniles

Credit North Carolina Department of Public Safety

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Supreme Court will consider whether or not to allow parole for criminals charged with life sentences as juveniles before 2012.

The case is a response to the 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It held that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional. The hearing in North Carolina is to determine whether or not to apply that decision retroactively.

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