Criminal Justice Reform

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    Heritage takes note of N.C. efforts to clean up criminal code

    GianCarlo Canaparo and Lucas Drill of the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal highlight North Carolina’s Senate Bill 584. North Carolina is taking its overcriminalization problem seriously. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the state last month enacted Senate Bill 584, which allows the legislature to rein in runaway regulatory crimes. Like…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2019
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    JLF’s Mike Schietzelt Quoted in The Insider on Criminal Code Reform

    JLF’s Mike Schietzelt was quoted in The Insider, a subscription service news/aggregation service published by the News & Observer for influencers in North Carolina. The piece covered the latest criminal recodification reform, Senate Bill 584, which requires rule-making bodies – such as local governments, state agencies, and licensing boards…
    Brenee Goforth, September 9, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    President Trump heads back to North Carolina next week to stump for the Republican in the special 9th District congressional race. Rick Henderson discusses Trump’s visit and both of the state’s special congressional elections for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze examines the debate…
    Mitch Kokai, September 6, 2019
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    JLF’s Meredith Criner Makes a Case for Drug-Treatment Courts in Wilmington Star News

    This week, Meredith Criner, who served as a research intern at the John Locke Foundation this summer, published an opinion piece on drug-recovery courts in the Wilmington Star News. Criner formerly interned in New Hanover County’s recovery courts under Judge James H. Faison III. She explains: Recovery courts handle…
    Brenee Goforth, August 20, 2019
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    The Debate Over Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools in Criminal Justice Reform

    This week, JLF’s Jon Guze published a research brief on the criminal risk assessment tools many judges and magistrates use to aid in their pretrial bail decisions. In North Carolina, as in many states, judges and magistrates must decide whether or not to release someone until their trial, set bail,…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 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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    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