2017 in North Carolina finally saw Raise The Age pass after almost a decade of trial and error. Legislators finally were able to piece together the right combination of legal standards, psychological comfort, and funding to get a deal done in a way where everyone came out as winners. Unfortunately, this political game of hot potato finally ended with NC being the last state in the union to get this done. According to a study done a few years back, this move will end up generating NC $100 million dollars a year in long-term benefits. A big win in a state that has been closely watching its spending since being over $2 billion in debt in the to distance past. While a very impactful piece of legislation, many have asked what can be done next. Not only on a state level but a national level. North Carolina has the opportunity to go from following the trail on criminal justice to blazing the path.