Criminal Justice Reform (page 3)

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    Bad News: Homicides Are Up In Charlotte

    The Charlotte Observer reports: Charlotte just posted its highest murder rate in more than a decade, prompting city leaders to say the violence should be treated as a public health crisis. The city’s rate — 11.6 homicides per 100,000 people — is the highest since…
    Jon Guze, January 23, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has good reasons to celebrate as National School Choice Week approaches. Terry Stoops recaps recent school choice gains during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jay Schweikert of the libertarian Cato Institute explains why his group is endorsing North Carolina’s efforts to reform state…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    Robeson County Police To Seize Property Without Criminal Conviction

    Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reports that the Robeson County Sheriff’s office has opted into the federal Equitable Sharing program. Conrad explains: The Equitable Sharing program allows state and local agencies to keep 80% of whatever they take from forfeiture. The federal government keeps the other 20%. In 2018, N.C. law…
    Brenee Goforth, December 4, 2019
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    Conservative ‘progressive’ justice reforms

    Lars Trautman writes for the Washington Examiner about the conservative nature of some purportedly progressive criminal justice proposals. The term “progressive prosecutor” has catapulted into the national consciousness and has dominated discussions about prosecutorial reform that it has become nearly synonymous with the idea of reform itself. The…
    Mitch Kokai, November 27, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Public schools face problems. Which one’s the worst? Terry Stoops sifts through survey data for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze tackles the American Bar Association’s controversial role in the federal judicial confirmation process. Clark Neily of the Cato Institute explains why he’s fighting…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2019
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    JLF’s Becki Gray Explains Why We Need Criminal Recodification

    Last week, NC SPIN published a piece by JLF’s Becki Gray on overcriminalization. According to Gray: We have more activities and actions classified as a crime, something worthy of public condemnation, than just about any state… In addition to their sheer volume, criminal laws are confusing, complicated, duplicative, and hard…
    Brenee Goforth, November 18, 2019
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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