January 2017 archive

Hundreds of Wake County residents to have their criminal records erased

By Thomas McDonald Raleigh News & Observer tmcdonald@newsobserver.com “The Wake County program is part of a national effort to give people who have paid their debts to society a second chance. The National Employment Law Project in New York estimates that 25 to 35 percent of adults in America have criminal records, and erasing even …

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How Americans Came To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. With National Holiday

With over 3 million signatures, King’s wife issued a petition to Congress advocating for the holiday in 1971. Two years later, an Illinois state representative, Harold Washington, who had been elected the first black mayor of Chicago, introduced a bill making Illinois the first state to recognize MLK Day. Unfortunately, when the bill went before …

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 16th

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summary from History.net: “Martin Luther King, Jr. became the predominant leader in the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America during the 1950s and 1960s and a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change. His eloquence as a speaker and his personal charisma, combined …

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“13th – From Slave To Criminal In One Amendment” movie screening

Filmmaker AVA D U VERNAY explores the HISTORY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. It will be first shown at Campbell Law School auditorium, for an screening on Jan. 19, 2017 at 6:30PM to 8:15PM with a discussion from 8:15PM to …

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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

by President Barack Obama, published in  The Harvard Law Review – 1/5/2017 “Presidencies can exert substantial influence over the direction of the U.S. criminal justice system. Those privileged to serve as President and in senior roles in the executive branch have an obligation to use that influence to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the …

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The Reentry and Employment Project

Uniting business leaders, policymakers, and practitioners from the corrections and workforce development fields with the goal of improving reentry and employment outcomes for individuals with criminal histories. You may find tools and resources on how to address barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records. Please click here to view all of the benefits of …

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Welcome to our new Governor

From Carolina Justice Policy Center: 1/3/2017 “It’s official!  On January 1, 2017, Roy Cooper was sworn in as Governor of North Carolina. He took his oath of office minutes after the start of the new year. He will have his public inauguration ceremony next week.“