criminal justice

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    One More Opportunity For N.C. To Lead The Way In Criminal Justice

    North Carolina has made many strides in criminal justice reform over the past decade. From justice reinvestment legislation to juvenile justice reform to making it easier for former offenders to get occupational licenses, North Carolina has been quietly leading the nation in criminal justice reform. The next step…
    Brenee Goforth, February 27, 2020
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    North Carolina Takes Another Step Forward On Criminal Law Reform. Here’s What’s Changing.

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt published a research brief on a criminal justice law recently enacted in North Carolina. Schietzelt writes: Session Law 2019-198: Criminal Law Reform became law this month.  It marks an important step forward for criminal law reform. The bill builds off of previous reforms, Schietzelt explains:…
    Brenee Goforth, August 30, 2019
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    Give convicted terrorists voting rights? Why not fix the real problem?

    In a CNN town hall event on Monday, a young Harvard student asked Sen. Bernie Sanders whether his position on allowing incarcerated criminals to vote means he supported enfranchising Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon Bomber. Sanders unflinchingly affirmed his support for that idea, arguing that criminals are already…
    Mike Schietzelt, April 24, 2019
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    Care About Criminal Justice Reform in North Carolina?

    Really interesting piece by our Mitch Kokai about North Carolina’s criminal code. It came across as an offhand comment, not designed to sway colleagues to vote one way or another. But Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Person, uttered one sentence last week on the floor of the state House of Representatives…
    Donna Martinez, May 23, 2017
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    Raise the Age

    In 44 states and the District of Columbia, the age at which young offenders age out of the juvenile justice system is now 18. In five states, it is 17. That leaves North Carolina as the only state that still treats all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for criminal justice…
    Jon Guze, May 16, 2017
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    Prisons failing

    Live Blog North Carolina sends 40 percent of ex-offenders back to prison for new crimes, but almost none back for technical violations of parole or probation according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. Recidivism in North Carolina was lower for inmates released in…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011