Category Archive: Justice Reform

Sep 07

Private Prisons in the United States

Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 126,272 people in 2015, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 45%. States show significant variation in their use of private correctional facilities. For example, New Mexico and Montana incarcerate over 40% of …

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Jul 29

Statement from NC Justice Center

Today Governor Cooper signed a bipartisan bill into law that will significantly expand access to criminal record expungement for North Carolinians. July 27, 2017 The Justice Center was there alongside members of the NC Second Chance Alliance – a statewide group of men and women committed to expanding opportunities for North Carolinians with criminal records …

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Jul 29

New NC law makes clean slates easier

@NCCapitol  WRAL TV Raleigh NC New NC law makes clean slates easier for some criminals   July 28, 2017 Raleigh, N.C. — Some people convicted of crimes in North Carolina will soon find it easier to clear their records. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday signed into a law a measure that changes the process by …

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Jul 29

NC Gov Cooper signs bills

July 28, 2017 Raleigh NC NC Gov Cooper signs bills today to reduce time for expungement and Raise the Age (16 and 17 year olds now treated as juvenile vs Adults)  

Jul 06

Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth

a Prison Policy Initiative Report by Joshua Aiken Press Release May 31, 2017 One out of every three people behind bars is being held in a local jail, yet jails get almost none of the attention that prisons do. Jails are ostensibly locally controlled, but the people held there are generally accused of violating state …

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Jun 27

Expunction of records for first offenders under the age of 18

This bill has been ratified and presented to the Governor for his signature as of 6/27/2017 ——————————————————————————- “§ 15A‑145 Expunction of records for first offenders under the age of 18 at the time of conviction of misdemeanor; expunction of certain other misdemeanors. (a)        Whenever any person who has not previously been convicted of any felony, …

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May 12

Juvenile Offenders Could Find Themselves Getting Second Chance under New Bill

North Carolina is the last state to automatically charge 16 and 17 year olds as adults. That could soon change. By Taylor Knopf North Carolina Health News “Kids accompanied by their parents trickled into the quaint Orange County courtroom lined with murals last week. One by one, the juvenile offenders met with the district attorney …

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May 11

Women in prison getting a second chance one chop at a time

CLEVELAND – Channel 5 TV news, “Getting a second chance, one teaspoon at a time — That’s true for a group of women looking to turn things around after a life of crime. One local program is dishing out a helping hand with their future in mind. Choppin’ for Change Chopping, measuring, and baking — …

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May 11

Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates

By Tom Hays  Associated Press NEW YORK — Neftali Thomas Diaz swears he’s done with Rikers Island. After being locked up twice at the notorious New York City jail for stealing a credit card and violating parole, Diaz entered a private jobs program. Once he’s back on his feet with a paycheck, Diaz says, “I …

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May 07

PBS FRONTLINE explores juveniles serving life sentences

PBS Frontline inside the fight over the fate of juveniles, regarded a “Super Predators”,  in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Watch it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/second-chance-kids/

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