RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina legislators have agreed to stop being the only state that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for crimes in two years. Now a committee charged with ensuring the “raise the age” legislation approved last summer is carried out well is beginning its work.
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Governors are known for cutting ribbons to celebrate new employers coming to their state, but it is rare for a governor to remove the scarlet letter from someone convicted of a crime. Speaking on the American principle of second chances at the Governors’ Justice Series, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds shared […]
Who says Republicans and Democrats can’t do good things together? Discussions are under way between leaders of both parties in Congress seeking positive reforms in our criminal-justice system. This may be an outlier — an opportunity for Republican and Democrats, conservatives and liberals to bring new hope to men and women who need it while […]
That’s one takeaway from the National Employment Law Project’s report “Fair Chance Licensing Reform: Opening Pathways for People with Records to Join Licensed Professions.” Already North Carolina is among the more restrictive states in terms of licensing lower-income jobs. North Carolina is in the middle of the states in terms of overall licensing restrictions, enough […]
WASHINGTON Rep. Mark Walker, a conservative Republican, wants the GOP-controlled Congress to move on long-stalled efforts to revamp the nation’s criminal justice system next year — and he’s enlisted a seemingly unlikely ally: The head of the Congressional Black Caucus. Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, is teaming with Chairman Cedric […]
This ongoing, occasional series features interviews with a variety of influential leaders who discuss how they became involved in criminal justice reform, how their views have evolved—sometimes in unexpected ways—and what’s needed to sustain progress. Mike Lee (R-UT) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers pushing […]
The “Raise the Age” campaign took on a tough challenge and was remarkably effective. The new state budget transfers responsibility for most 16- and 17-year-old offenders from the adult correctional system to juvenile jurisdiction. That’s a progressive step approved by a conservative legislature. The typical law-and-order response is to deal with offenders according to their […]