While 21 percent of respondents said the criminal justice system treats everyone fairly, 79 percent of respondents disagreed. A majority of those surveyed said they believe there are structural inequalities within the criminal justice system that benefits the wealthy over the poor and working-class. Fifty-five percent of respondents said white people enjoy substantially better outcomes than people of color in the criminal justice system.
The poll also found that 78 percent of N.C. voters want to reduce the number of arrests for nonviolent, low-level offenses and support issuing citations rather than making arrests in these circumstances. A little more than 70 percent of respondents favor limiting how many days a person not charged with a serious violent crime can remain in jail before trial if they can’t afford money bond.