Criminal Justice Reform (page 5)

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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
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    Wilkes Journal-Patriot Publishes Commentary by JLF’s Mike Schietzelt

    Writing recently in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt discussed North Carolina’s pressing need for criminal justice reform. North Carolina’s criminal code is a muddled, archaic monstrosity…. Many of these laws predate the American Revolution. And thanks to years of inattention, these laws are scattered throughout thousands of pages of…
    Brenee Goforth, July 8, 2019
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    Our Mike Schietzelt in the Coastland Times: NC’s Criminal Code Is Unfair and Unclear. Let’s Fix It.

    JLF Legal Fellow writes in the Coastland Times about North Carolina’s outdated and messy criminal code. Some in the General Assembly want to clean it up and make it more clear and more fair. Thanks to the 2018 Recodification Working Group bill, we have much of the information we…
    Donna Martinez, July 2, 2019
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    Americans for Tax Reform quotes JLF’s Mike Schietzelt in CJR commentary

    Americans for Tax Reform recently released an article on criminal recodification featuring JLF’s Mike Schietzelt. The article reads: It’s common sense, and important for the integrity of the criminal justice system, that people are not put away because there are too many laws that are vague or impossible for the average…
    Brenee Goforth, July 1, 2019