Building a Bipartisan Coalition

At a time of partisan polarization, GBW Strategies played a key role in building an effective bipartisan coalition to advance important legislation. The team includes both national and statewide conservatives and progressives, including leading lights such as Right on Crime and Newt Gingrich.

North Carolina is one of only two states that automatically prosecute all 16- and 17-yr-old misdemeanants as adults, even for low-level offenses. The campaign GBW supports seeks to “Raise the Age” of youth jurisdiction, so that 16- and 17-year olds who commit misdemeanors are handled in the juvenile system -- reducing recidivism and making for better economic outcomes.

While the campaign began with a collection of progressive-leaning nonprofits, GBW quickly moved to expand its base. We teamed with national conservative organizations such as Right on Crime and Prison Fellowship Ministries for high profile events, direct marketing strategies and media opportunities. Newt Gingrich weighed in with this op-ed.

As a result, the Raise the Age campaign has made steady legislative progress as part of a long term plan to become the law of the land.