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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
When children end up in the adult criminal justice system, no one wins. Research shows that prosecuting youth charged with low-level crimes in the adult criminal justice system wastes young lives, fosters crime, does not increase public safety, and costs society more in the long run.
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The North Carolina Institute of Medicine's (NCIOM) Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use recently presented recommendations to the Joint Committee on Health and Human Services. The NCIOM is funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, with the goal of...read more
The legislative Committee on Health and Human Services recently received a November update about pilot programs developed from the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use. Dr. Jason Vogler, Director of The Division of Mental Health, Developmental...read more
At noon on December 5, 2016, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the Governor's race to Roy Cooper after a hotly contested race and post-election battle in which Gov. McCrory alleged voter fraud. Over the weekend, Durham County had been required to begin recounting its votes...read more
As the Governor's race continues to be contested, accusations of felons voting have been filed by the McCrory campaign. It's important for all parties to understand some basic facts: A person convicted of a felon is allowed to vote in North Carolina once they have...read more
There were important referendums on the death penalty on the ballot in several states on November 9th. Despite some of these setbacks, actual executions and support for the death penalty continue to be on a downward trend. Oklahoma amended its State Constitution to...read more
As Trump begins to assemble his cabinet, serious concerns exist not only about the ways in which progress may be eroded, but also about how local police and state criminal justice systems will be used to carry out an agenda that has already been sharply focused on...read more