Mike Schietzelt

Legal Fellow

Posts by Mike Schietzelt

  • A step forward on criminal law reform

    On Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 584, a criminal law reform bill that represents an important step toward creating a more effective, efficient, and fair criminal justice system. Right now, local governments and some administrative agencies have the power to create new crimes on their own. Some…
    Mike Schietzelt, May 7, 2019
  • Give convicted terrorists voting rights? Why not fix the real problem?

    In a CNN town hall event on Monday, a young Harvard student asked Sen. Bernie Sanders whether his position on allowing incarcerated criminals to vote means he supported enfranchising Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon Bomber. Sanders unflinchingly affirmed his support for that idea, arguing that criminals are already…
    Mike Schietzelt, April 24, 2019
  • The end of the road for criminal ordinances?

    What do off-leash dogs, screeching tires, and begging have in common? All three can earn you a criminal record in North Carolina. Last month, Professor Jessica Smith (UNC School of Government) shared a number of wonderful insights into the prosecution of ordinance violations in North Carolina in a blog post…
    Mike Schietzelt, April 23, 2019
  • Clear criminal laws would save money

    In a 2017 white paper on the need to rewrite North Carolina’s criminal code, Jessica Smith, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC School of Government, observed that “ambiguities, loopholes and inconsistencies in the law drive up the cost of criminal…
    Mike Schietzelt, March 19, 2019