Crime (page 9)

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    Poverty, crime, and the political blame game

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online asks which political party deserves the blame for poverty and crime. Baltimore is . . . not great. It has the second-highest murder rate (“non-negligent homicide,” in the nomenclature of the FBI) in the country, behind St. Louis. It has some of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A little-known piece of the state budget called the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund has become a sticking point in North Carolina’s budget debate. Joseph Coletti explains the SCIF and its potential role in paying for school construction projects across the state. Mike Schietzelt explains the need for a revamped…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Ride-sharing safety bill raises red flags for government overreach

    Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello has written a piece on the Passenger Protection Act, a bill to regulate ride-sharing services in North Carolina. According to Marchello, the bill comes as a reaction to the murder of a South Carolina woman who mistakenly entered a car she believed to…
    Brenee Goforth, July 24, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Arguments over smokable hemp cloud debate over farm legislation

    Kari Travis wrote an article this week in Carolina Journal on the current debate over smokable hemp in the General Assembly. According to Travis: A House committee on July 17 moved to ban smokable hemp flowers via Senate Bill 352, “Amend NC Controlled Substances Act.” While hemp and marijuana…
    Brenee Goforth, July 23, 2019
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    Doesn’t Fit the Narrative

    The National Academy of Sciences has just published a study–“Officer characteristics and racial disparities in fatal officer-involved shootings.” In their introductory remarks, authors state, “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.”…
    Jon Guze, July 23, 2019
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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