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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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Greene and Lenoir Counties are working towards keeping children in schools and out of jails. By launching a School-Justice Partnership, they seek to reduce law enforcement involvement in school misconduct. As part of the partnership, schools have signed an agreement...read more
Bail reform advocates around the country now have a new tool to challenge the cash bail system. In North Carolina, the inequality created by cash bail has prompted advocates to push for pretrial release based on evidence of dangerousness and flight risk rather than...read more
In Richmond, VA, a new diversion program is providing an opportunity for transformative self reflection. The program, called “Writing Your Way Out: A Criminal Justice Diversion Program” allows participants to take a Virginia Commonwealth University writing course as...read more
Shaunte Southern is a Sergeant in Gaston County, North Carolina. He has served primarily with patrol and the SWAT team. In a recent essay he wrote for The Undefeated, he opens up about racism in law enforcement. He writes, “[t]o be honest with you, I think that...read more
The American Bar Association has created a new web resource devoted to the clemency process in death penalty cases. The resource, called the Capital Clemency Resource Initiative Clearinghouse, is the result of a collaboration between the ABA Death Penalty...read more
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