Areas of Focus
We actively respond to the most pressing needs of justice-involved people.
The United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the entire world – and North Carolina is no exception. We advocate for bail reform, support returning citizens, and educate voters about the power sheriffs and district attorneys have to send fewer people to jail and prison.
We are dedicated to ending the abuse of authority by police and holding officers accountable when they harm or kill civilians. Because police are the gatekeepers of who gets funneled into the criminal justice system, we advocate for policies and actions that will reduce the incarceration rate of our citizens.
Ending the Death Penalty
The death penalty has been consistently losing support for years in the United States. Across North Carolina, juries in capital cases are opting more and more for life in prison. Through education and advocacy, our goal is to bring an end to the death penalty.
Raising the Age
After years of advocating, North Carolina finally became the last state in the US to raise the juvenile age from 16 to 18. To keep NC’s children out of adult jails and prisons, we are working to ensure the law will be fully implemented in 2019, and prevent “carve outs” and exceptions to will could lead to children being tried as adults.
Latest From Our Blog
Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court leaves a critical seat open. You can text "NAACP" to 40649 to receive text message updates and guidance from the North Carolina NAACP.read more
The prison safety issues in North Carolina are representative of a larger, national issue. Federal prisons nationwide are understaffed and have been so for some time. However, the hiring freeze at the beginning of the Trump administration and emphasis on reducing the...read more
The Police Accountability Community Taskforce, or PACT, is calling for the creation of an official community police oversight board in Raleigh. The Carolina Justice Policy Center and an advocacy group called Save Our Sons are also working with PACT. This move comes in...read more
From 1998 to 2017, 12 people committed suicide in the Durham County jail by hanging themselves from window bars or ventilation grates. Although public records show that Durham County officials were aware of the suicide hazards, the last updates are just now being...read more
In mid-June, the North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 774, "Amend Certificates of Relief." Courts can issue "certificates of relief" to individuals. With this certificate, if that person is hired and commits a crime involving their job or employer, the employer is...read more
As the 2018 legislative session draws to a close, the General Assembly has introduced a slew of proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot for voters in the fall. This move comes before elections that threaten the Republican supermajority in both...read more