One argument made in the national conversation about overcriminalization is that too many minor activities are made criminal and that it’s not efficient, effective, or fair to address this activity through the criminal justice system. Additionally it is argued that many low-level crimes—such as panhandling and sleeping in public places—criminalize poverty and homelessness when those […]
Tarrah Callahan, from Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform, discusses jail overcrowding in Haywood counties. Anita Brown-Graham hosts. Generous support for this series is provided by UNC-School of Government.
My life was saved by many fighting for justice reform. I want to save the lives of other prisoners who are nonviolent but still incarcerated. A year ago, I was sitting in a federal prison in Alabama as a nonviolent offender, hoping that my prayers for mercy from a life sentence would be heard. This weekend, […]
Jessie Smith, a lawyer and Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government, spoke to the NC Courts Commission on September 7th about the legal and societal implications of an ineffective pretrial justice system in North Carolina and all over the country. Pretrial refers to the time between a defendant’s arrest and their trial. During […]