During 10:30 worship on March 12, Mike Soboeiro brought Social Justice Ministry's request that each of us consider contacting our state legislators to support HB 280, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act.
The following information is from his ministry moment.
Representative Chuck McGrady has introduced HB 280. The bill establishes that a 16 year old will be tried as a juvenile and not as an adult. This will be for nonviolent crimes. Violent felons and some drug offenders will still be considered in adult court. North Carolina is one of two states that prosecutes all 16 and 17 year olds as adults with no exceptions.
As of now, it's looking very promising for passage of HB280. There are currently 68 sponsors/co-sponsors (almost enough to pass it!!) both Democrats and Republicans.
In Wake County all representatives except Nelson Dollar have signed on as co-sponsors, so calls and emails to Representative Dollar would be good. This is especially important if he represents you.
Also, ask your representative to vote for HB 280. Contact your senator to indicate that the bill will soon move to the Senate and he/she needs to support this legislation.
Look up the contact information for your legislators here.
- submitted by CUCC's Social Justice Ministry