Second Chance Act Legislation Heading for Governor’s Desk

The Second Chance Act, SB 562, is now on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, to either approve or veto.

It contains numerous changes related to helping people expunge their criminal records — both for people who had charges against them dropped or, in some cases, for people who were convicted for nonviolent crimes but have since gone for years without getting in trouble again.

Judge: Prisons must create testing plan for all inmates

North Carolina state prison inmates are likely facing unlawful “cruel or unusual punishments” in part because correction officials have failed to offer widespread COVID-19 testing within all correctional facilities, a judge said.