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.
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.
Faye Brown, an inmate at NCCIW in Raleigh, died on May 6 from complications of COVID-19.
Protesters calling attention to conditions inside state prisons took to the streets to voice their concerns and honk their horns at Central Prison in Raleigh.
On Friday, about 70 citizens from Second Chance Alliance gathered to show love and support for offenders housed at the Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro. Members of the Alliance drove past the local prison honking their horns and waving at the inmates that were able to look out their windows and wave back at the group.