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NC Courts’ School Justice Partnership rolls out toolkit

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 | North America, United States
The North State Journal
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GIBSONVILLE — North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley led a press conference via Facebook Live last week announcing the rollout of the School Justice Partnership’s (SJP) Toolkit.

The School-Justice Partnership (SJP) is an initiative managed by the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s Administrative Office of the Courts whose goal is to reduce the number of juvenile referrals to the court system through collaboration by school resource officers, school officials and representatives of the courts.

“Our courts must be focused on helping our young people be successful. School Justice Partnerships are one of the most important investments in that success we can make,” said Beasley.

SJP efforts are being spurred along by the new “raise the age” law, which goes into effect on Dec. 1. The law will allow juvenile court delinquency cases to include 16- and 17-year-olds.

The SJP is currently in use in 35 counties, but the program is seeking to expand to all of the state’s 100 counties.

“It makes sense that when we’re able to divert cases out of the juvenile court or make it such that young people can have support through their schools and with law enforcement that we try to implement those programs,” Beasley said.

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