Crime

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    North State Journal Runs Criminal Justice Piece by JLF’s Mike Schietzelt

    This week, North State Journal ran an opinion piece by John Locke Foundation’s Mike Schietzelt. Schietzelt’s piece centered on North Carolina’s “poorly drafted criminal laws,” which lead to major inconsistencies in the state’s justice system. Schietzelt explains: Thousands of crimes are scattered across untold pages of state statutes, regulations and…
    Brenee Goforth, July 11, 2019
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    JLF’s Gray to committee: let’s move forward with criminal law reform

    John Locke Foundation Senior Vice President Becki Gray testified today in the N.C. House Judiciary Committee in support of ideas in Senate Bill 584, which would lead to positive criminal law reforms. Click here to listen to Gray’s comments.
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2019
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    Durham DA Signs Joint Statement Regarding Abortion Laws

    Last month more than 40 state and local prosecutors–including Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry–signed a joint statement that said, in part: As elected prosecutors, we are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all individuals in our communities. We are also charged with protecting the…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019
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    Exposing Criminal Justice Reform Myths

    Criminal justice contrarian John Pfaff recently published an article in which he explodes five “myths about prisons.” According to Pfaff, “Much of the debate about criminal justice is built on misconceptions that often push reform in inadequate and even counterproductive directions.” The piece is worth reading in full, but…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019
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    Left’s embrace of political violence

    Ellie Bufkin writes for the Federalist about a disturbing development among some elements of the political left. In the past year, nearly a dozen members of the Trump administration and conservative lawmakers have been chased out of restaurants and pelted with milkshakes, not for causing civil disruption, but…
    Mitch Kokai, July 4, 2019
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    Against campus kangaroo courts

    David French of National Review Online highlights a noteworthy recent court ruling from the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Whenever I read a court opinion describing a campus sexual-assault proceeding, I routinely find myself shocked at the staggering unfairness and ridiculous bias of campus kangaroo courts. Driven…
    Mitch Kokai, July 4, 2019
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    Americans for Tax Reform quotes JLF’s Mike Schietzelt in CJR commentary

    Americans for Tax Reform recently released an article on criminal recodification featuring JLF’s Mike Schietzelt. The article reads: It’s common sense, and important for the integrity of the criminal justice system, that people are not put away because there are too many laws that are vague or impossible for the average…
    Brenee Goforth, July 1, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Two former Democratic state senators have added their names to the list of those who want to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis in North Carolina’s 2020 U.S. Senate race. Rick Henderson analyzes the race’s latest developments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze assesses…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2019