Council for Children’s Rights and Race Matters for Juvenile Justice are pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Juvenile Justice Report.

Learn more about practice changes that have occurred as a result of Raise the Age implementation and the pandemic, and take a deeper dive into juvenile court data.  Although we won’t understand the full impact of the pandemic on the juvenile court system for some time, we know pre-existing disparities are worsening and we have a unique opportunity to shape long-lasting reform. We invite you to join our call to action by reading the report and using your voice to advocate for court-involved youth.

2020 Juvenile Justice in Mecklenburg County

Every year, Council for Children’s Rights and Race Matters for Juvenile Justice collaborate on a report to provide information about our juvenile court system and highlight opportunities for action. 


Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, MA
Policy Advocate

Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski is the Policy Advocate at Council for Children’s Rights. A graduate of DePaul University with a B.A. in community psychology, she moved to Charlotte in 2013 where she completed a M.A. in community psychology and certificate in nonprofit management at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is expected to complete her Ph.D. in health psychology/community psychology in December 2020.

She is drawn to this work because she sees herself and her childhood friends represented in the children served by the Council. A child of an incarcerated parent who attended an underfunded public school, she grew up alongside children who were in foster care, needed special education and mental health services, caught in the middle of custody battles, or were in youth detention facilities. Because of her background and because she was “fortunate enough to have supports and — as a white woman — a lot of unseen privilege” she feels it is her imperative to use her talents and knowledge to shine a light on injustice in systems that impact children.

Jaimelee lives in Charlotte with husband Alex and their dog Behr. 

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