North Carolina prisons no longer will permit the use of leg or waist restraints on pregnant inmates after a recent complaint that two women were shackled to a hospital bed while in labor. Kenneth Lassiter, the prisons director, signed a new policy on Monday, nearly two months after SisterSong, an Atlanta-based organization that promotes reproductive […]
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Anyone who has ever been a teenager knows well how differently teens make decisions. If not, do a quick Google search for “knockout game” or “backpack challenge” for a quick reminder. As adults, it’s difficult to imagine feeling compelled to punch strangers for a YouTube video or to allow fellow classmates to smash into you […]
A majority of North Carolina public school teachers think carrying a gun in the classroom is a bad idea, a recent Elon University Poll shows. The Elon University Poll, in concert with the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer, conducted a survey of public K-12 teachers about carrying guns in schools.
President Trump on Wednesday launched, by executive order, the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. The president enacted the council with the aim of reducing crime while looking for ways to “provide those who have engaged in criminal activity with greater opportunities to lead productive lives.”
By Taylor Knopf People with mental health issues intersect with the criminal justice system all the time. In the past several decades, jails and prisons have become the largest de facto places for housing people with mental health disabilities in the country. As the nationwide discussion of what to do about opioid addiction continues, the […]
Imagine a man serving a 20-year prison sentence. He’s told when to eat and what to wear, and he lacks the option of opening a door. He has little to no independence or free will. This man, like so many prisoners in North Carolina, spends a long time in solitary confinement. Solitary confinement, also called […]
Who is in North Carolina’s prisons? I recently read a book called Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform by John Pfaff, a professor at Fordham University School of Law. As the subtitle indicates, it examines the true causes of the incarceration rate in the United States. Professor Pfaff […]
Kari Travis, Carolina Journal associate editor, discusses problems inside N.C. prisons. Travis offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.
2017 in North Carolina finally saw Raise The Age pass after almost a decade of trial and error. Legislators finally were able to piece together the right combination of legal standards, psychological comfort, and funding to get a deal done in a way where everyone came out as winners. Unfortunately, this political game of hot […]
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, originally appeared in AL.com on February 6th, 2018. As conservatives and people of faith, we know that a strong and united family is the best agent for meaningful change in a child’s life. Sadly, when it comes to our juvenile justice system, states […]