Category Archive: Justice Reform

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:

Mar 07

Could ‘ban the box’ find bipartisan support in North Carolina?

From the Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer By Will Doran RALEIGH Every year, tens of thousands of North Carolinians find themselves readjusting to life as convicted criminals, adding to the population of people whose record makes it difficult to find legitimate work. Now, a group of state legislators is trying to make it …

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Feb 18

TED talk: Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

“Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can’t pay their debt to the court for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from inside the debtors’ prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think …

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Feb 05

Lawsuit regarding SOL’s filed

Case No. 1:17-cv-3 ( filed in North Carolina last month. The lawsuit filed in federal court asserts that the state’s registration laws violate the U.S. Constitution in numerous areas including the ex post facto clause, first, fifth and fourteenth amendments, free exercise of religion, and freedom of association. To read more, please visit the NARSOL …

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Jan 24

Hundreds of Wake County residents to have their criminal records erased

By Thomas McDonald Raleigh News & Observer “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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