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NC Supreme Court to Take on 3 Juvenile Life with Parole Cases in Coming Months

May 6, 2021

By Ben Finholt

Last year, Brandon Garrett, Karima Modjadidi, Kristen Renberg, and I published a paper on juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) in North Carolina in The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology at Northwestern Law. We examined the cases … Continue Reading →

New Article Explores Police Officer Barriers to Mental Health

May 4, 2021

Wilson Center Postdoc Dr. Meret Hofer co-wrote an article identifying police officers’ treatment seeking barriers in order to outline a multi-pronged strategy for improving the accessibility of mental health services for police.

The paper, “There Was No Plan in Place … Continue Reading →

Aya Gruber Talks Feminist War on Crime at Novel Justice Event

April 21, 2021

By Annie Han

On April 6th, Aya Gruber, professor at the University of Colorado Law School, joined the Wilson Center for the last Novel Justice event of the spring. She delved into her book The Feminist War on Crime: The … Continue Reading →

Planning Underway for Crisis/Diversion Facility in Orange County

April 21, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Plans for a novel Crisis/Diversion facility are currently underway in Orange County. The facility, which will be dedicated to providing behavioral health crisis services and criminal justice diversion, will be the first of its kind in the … Continue Reading →

Viral Injustice: COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting Incarcerated Population

April 20, 2021

By Annie Han

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disproportionately impacted people incarcerated in the US with 28% of the current incarcerated population testing positive for the virus compared to 9% of the general population. These outbreaks in prisons present serious health … Continue Reading →

Governor Creates Board to Review Juvenile Sentences

April 19, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced the creation of a four-person advisory board to review the prison sentences of juveniles.

“Developments in science continue to show fundamental differences between juvenile and adult minds,” Cooper said in a press … Continue Reading →

NC Considers Raising Minimum Age of Prosecution From 6 to 10

April 16, 2021

By Annie Han

“The 6-year-old dangled his legs above the floor as he sat at the table with his defense attorney,” said Virginia Bridges of the Durham Herald Sun. In March 2021, an article by Bridges described the case of … Continue Reading →

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Focuses on Services and Treatment Over Arrest

April 15, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion program with the goal of reimagining public safety by decriminalizing drug abuse. Within LEAD, officers reduce unnecessary justice involvement for those struggling with substance use by connecting people … Continue Reading →

Growing Above and Beyond: UCAN Farming Skills Support Reentry

April 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of an occasional series from the Wilson Center’s Michele Easter examining the intersection of nature and agriculture to support recovery, resilience, and community success within justice-involved communities. The logo for this series was … Continue Reading →

Event Recap: A Blueprint for Bail Reform

April 1, 2021

By Chinmay Amin

In Harris County, Texas, hearing officers and judges in low-level misdemeanor cases had relied on a cash-bail system prior to 2019. In setting misdemeanor bail, the hearing officers and judges did not routinely inquire into public safety, … Continue Reading →

Amicus: NC Court Should Not Have Admitted Dentist as Expert on Bite Mark Evidence

March 30, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

A trial court in North Carolina should not have admitted as an expert a dentist who testified about bite mark evidence in State v. Jonathan Richardson, given the “unanimous scientific consensus that this type of evidence is … Continue Reading →

COVID Settlement Means NC Will Release 3,500 Incarcerated People Early

March 26, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

North Carolina will release 3,500 prisoners in state custody early over the next six-months after N.C. civil rights groups struck an agreement with Governor Cooper’s administration.

Under the terms of the agreement, the lawsuit, which alleges that … Continue Reading →