North Carolina has less than a year of transition time as it raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction and there’s still a lot of work and resources needed to make it happen.
The Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee recently finalized a memo to lawmakers outlining what was needed to finally “Raise the Age, which will be officially implemented in December. The change in law means that 16- and 17-year-olds charged with most crimes in this state will be prosecuted as juveniles and not adults.
Below are some of numbers associated with raising the age.
20,000 – the number of youth expected to move into the juvenile system annually
194 – the number of juvenile court counselors needed to implement “raise the age”
14 – juvenile court counselor supervise positions needed
25 – the number of “raise the age” support positions needed, including evidence-based practice coordinators and office assistants
$47.6 million – amount of money that will need to be budgeted in fiscal year 2020 for juvenile justice
$62.7 million – amount of money that needs to be budgeted in FY 2021
$2.9 million – recurring needs for the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts beginning in FY 2020
$122,000 – recurring needs for the Office of the Juvenile Defender beginning in FY 2020
$125,589 – recurring needs for the Conference of District Attorneys beginning in FY 2020
$15.1 million – amount it will cost in FY 2020 to fund deficiencies in the North Carolina’s state courts
17 – the number of potential locations in the state for juvenile detention beds
300 – the projected need for juvenile detention beds to “raise the age”
$244 – the projected daily operating cost per youth for juvenile detention facilities
50 percent – amount the state and each county is responsible for paying per youth in detention
36 days – the average length of stay for a juvenile in a facility in FY 16-17
8,673 – the number of new youth the juvenile justice system will receive beginning Dec. 1, 2019
29 – the number of juvenile transportation vans needed
$36,000 – the cost per new van
Source: Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee draft Juvenile Age Interim Report