Category Archive: Justice Reform

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/

Mar 07

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

From the Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer By Will Doran wdoran@newsobserver.com 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 (http://safervirginia.us5.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=61d143fee54fb93890e1f9d41&id=d37c9be5fd&e=df5657d22a) 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 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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Jan 13

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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Jan 09

“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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