Before Kyle Bass was a board member of Christian Library International, he spent most of his life being incarcerated for drug trafficking and possession. Today he gave a powerful message about the importance of community outreach for incarcerated individuals. “I saw myself as worthless. I was starving for affirmation, for someone to love me, [and] […]
A legislative committee took up the issue of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes on Tuesday, agreeing that judges should have the ability to dissent from minimums under certain circumstances.
North Carolina’s Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions meets to discuss mandatory minimums. Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Daniel Landsman overviewed the success of removing mandatory minimums across states in the southeast, especially for low-level drug offenses that incarcerate those struggling with addiction. On August 7th, the North Carolina Task Force on […]
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when a previously incarcerated person reenters society is the reluctance of employers to hire someone with a criminal background. Right on Crime published From Tax Burdens to Tax Payers Handbook for Employers which includes testimony from business owners and offers statistical analysis on why hiring previously incarcerated individuals benefits businesses, […]
This first-time offender spiraled into selling drugs — “the worst decision I’ve ever made” — after his addiction took fierce hold and wouldn’t let go. The judge at his trial said the long mandatory sentence was “quite harsh,” but he had no choice but to impose it. Now Graham is behind bars for almost 15 […]
Paul Larkin Jr. and Evan Bernick have explained, “mandatory minimum prison sentences are the product of good intentions[.] [B]ut good intentions do not always make good policy; good results are also necessary.”
Prosecutors are the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. Because they choose who to charge, what to charge them with, and the number and severity of the charges, prosecutors heavily influence the short and long-term outcomes of the people impacted by the system. The consequences of those decisions can mean the difference between […]
The National Institute of Corrections is seeking applications for Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) in State and Local Criminal Justice Systems implementation grants. The goal of the EBDM initiative is to establish and test linkages (i.e., information tools and protocols) between the decisions of local criminal justice stakeholders and the application of human and organizational change […]
A recent study in North Carolina found that in the first two weeks after being released from prison, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population.
Imagine you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck. On your way home from work one evening you’re pulled over for having a loud muffler or tossing a cigarette butt out of your window, or maybe you’re cited by your local municipality for letting your grass grow a tad too long. Suddenly, you owe hundreds of dollars in fines and fees. But you […]