Criminal Justice Reform

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    “Due Process in a Fee-Driven State”

    That’s the title of a new article by Tennessee College of Law professors Penny White and Glenn Reynolds. Here’s the Abstract: Inspired by the Justice Department’s report on criminal law enforcement and the use of courts as a revenue-generation machine in Ferguson, Missouri, we address the widespread…
    Jon Guze, September 15, 2020
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    Putting feelings before facts, ignorant protestors attack Rand Paul and tell him to, “Say her name.”

    Reason’s Robby Soave notes the irony. The her in question is Breonna Taylor, and Senator Paul has done more than just say her name. He sponsored the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, which would prohibit no-knock raids like the one in which she was killed. Soave’s report includes the details of the attack…
    Jon Guze, August 28, 2020
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    3 Seats on the NC Supreme Court are on the November Ballot

    Do you know who you’re voting for? Three of the seats on North Carolina’s highest court will be contested on the November ballot. Watch our Shaftesbury Society conversation and become an informed voter. We look at the impact of the Supreme Court on every North Carolinian, the significance…
    Donna Martinez, August 25, 2020
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    Gallup Survey: Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence

    Well this certainly runs counter to the national media narrative. Here’s the new Gallup survey, which Gallup says included large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population. When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of…
    Donna Martinez, August 7, 2020
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    Who wants to get rid of the police?

    Not African Americans! According to a 2015 Roper report, very few black Americans would be willing to have fewer police officers in their neighborhoods, and blacks were more likely to favor a larger police presence that whites.
    Jon Guze, June 5, 2020
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    Coronavirus Exposes Need for Recodification

    On Monday, April 13, Erik Hooks, secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, announced North Carolina’s prisons would begin releasing select inmates in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a research brief this week, JLF’s Jon Guze argues some of those releases may not have…
    Brenee Goforth, April 24, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that some lawmakers continue to focus on criminal law reforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Coletti’s Daily Journal urges N.C. policymakers to avoid unemployment benefit changes that could lead to long-term problems.
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2020
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    JLF’s Jon Guze Testifies on Overcriminalization and Recodification

    On Friday, April 3, JLF’s Jon Guze gave testimony to North Carolina’s General Statutes Commission. The commission has been tasked with examining local ordinances and determining if a pattern emerges that would justify creating any generally applicable state laws. Guze stated: As Floyd Lewis explained at your February meeting, almost…
    Brenee Goforth, April 9, 2020