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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
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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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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019
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    A step forward on criminal law reform

    On Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 584, a criminal law reform bill that represents an important step toward creating a more effective, efficient, and fair criminal justice system. Right now, local governments and some administrative agencies have the power to create new crimes on their own. Some…
    Mike Schietzelt, May 7, 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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    The end of the road for criminal ordinances?

    What do off-leash dogs, screeching tires, and begging have in common? All three can earn you a criminal record in North Carolina. Last month, Professor Jessica Smith (UNC School of Government) shared a number of wonderful insights into the prosecution of ordinance violations in North Carolina in a blog post…
    Mike Schietzelt, April 23, 2019
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    Gov. Cuomo ‘picks up’ on the case for mens rea reform

    Read this and try to figure out what violation of federal law New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed that carries a steep fine of $100,000.
    Jon Sanders, August 20, 2018
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    Noon at JLF, Live on Facebook, Too

    Save your seat for today at JLF. We’ll also be live on Facebook.
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2018