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ENDING THE DEATH PENALTY
Americans and North Carolinians are trending away from supporting the death penalty. Across North Carolina, juries in capital cases are opting for life in prison, instead of the death penalty. North Carolina juries are sending a consistent message that they prefer life sentences over death.
RAISING THE JUVENILE AGE
After years of advocating, North Carolina finally became the last state in the country to raise the juvenile age from 16 to 18. But, the work is far from done. The next phase in this fight is implementation. Without proper planning and funding, North Carolina’s children are still at risk.
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In theory, debtor’s prisons in the United States have been abolished long ago. In practice, however, the criminalization of poverty is a common problem. North Carolina is no exception. Not only are people often jailed for the inability to pay court fines and fees,...read more
As the topic of police brutality becomes more widely discussed, police departments are taking proactive steps to reduce excessive use of force. In a recent article by the Washington Post, authors examine what it takes to reduce deadly shootings. Some measures being...read more
The U.S Imprisonment rate has dropped 11% since peaking in 2008, according to the Pew Charitable Trust Public Safety Performance Project. This marks the lowest rate since 1997. The decrease has coincided with long-term reductions in crime. Since 2008, combined...read more
The State Reentry Council Collaborative was created by the General Assembly to study the needs of individuals with criminal records as they return from correctional institutions. The goal of the council is to improve the effectiveness of local reentry...read more
Inspired by the 2018 Women's Marches focused on taking women's "power to the polls", Democracy NC has created "Women Vote in 2018" postcards for distribution. The cards feature important information about this year's justice elections, including elections of sheriffs,...read more
After what seemed like a special session with no end, the North Carolina General Assembly finally adjourned on February 13, 2018. The good news is that opponents to the proposed judicial redistricting plan were able to stave off a vote that has the potential to...read more