Criminal Justice Reform

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina’s election maps could be set for state House and Senate races. But lawmakers must redraw the state’s congressional map after a recent ruling from a three-judge Superior Court panel. Rick Henderson addresses the latest developments in the state’s ongoing redistricting dispute for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 8, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Assaulting a referee can carry a more serious criminal penalty than assaulting your neighbor. That’s one of the quirks of N.C. law that could be addressed by an ongoing criminal law reform project. Mike Schietzelt discusses the progress of that project for the next edition of Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2019
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    Warning signs about the American criminal justice system

    Robert Arvay writes at the American Thinker about disturbing developments in the area of criminal justice. [I]f we ignore the warning signs, if we do not address the inequities in our justice system, the public will reach a point when there is so little respect for the law…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill that would give the state power to audit pharmacy middlemen. The Daily Journal explains how North Carolina has a chance to set a national standard with criminal law reform.
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2019
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    Gorsuch and overcriminalization

    Charles Cooke‘s fascinating conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the latest print edition of National Review contains the following blurb. It should interest anyone who has been following North Carolina’s discussion of overcriminalization. When this delegation of power is combined with laws that are sufficiently…
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    What You Missed: NC Criminal Law Reform Summit

    On Monday, Oct. 21, the John Locke Foundation and the Cato Institute co-hosted the “North Carolina Criminal Law Reform Summit” at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. The event featured four panels and one keynote on criminal law reform in the state. The schedule included: Why…
    Brenee Goforth, October 23, 2019
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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