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Update on North Carolina Budget, COVID Prison Conditions

By Ruthie Kesri The North Carolina General Assembly recently released its final budget, the first since 2018, and it allocated funds that will directly affect the health and safety of incarcerated people in North Carolina’s prison population. Against the wishes of some county officials and sheriffs, the bill did not include Medicaid expansion, which would […]

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December 30, 2021

Letter to White House: Criminal Justice AI Should Not be ‘Black Box’ or Non-Transparent

By Brandon Garrett and Cynthia Rudin Today, as data-driven technologies have been implemented across a wide range of human activities, new warnings have been issued from a wide range of sources, academic, public policy, and government, regarding the dangers posed by artificial intelligence to society, democracy, and individual rights. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has […]

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December 10, 2021

Connection, Trust, and Recovery: Interview with Sandra Lassiter, Others, of Stick & Stay Prevention

Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever needed help but weren’t sure where to turn, then you know how important just one trustworthy guide can be. This blog post is part of an occasional series called “Connection, Trust, and Recovery,” by Michele Easter. Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) have lived experience of the struggles they are helping […]

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November 30, 2021

Bass Connections Team Explores Need for Better Jail Data in North Carolina

“We can’t have any evidence-based solutions because we don’t have the evidence. We’re not able to gather and collect evidence. That’s why it’s very important that we have the data so that we can know what’s happening,” – A North Carolina criminal justice advocate on the need for a jail database, Report on the Utility […]

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November 23, 2021

Wilson Center Receives Grant Funding for Plea Bargaining Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11 a.m., Nov. 12, 2021 CONTACT: Melissa Boughton (830) 481-6901 melissa.boughton@law.duke.edu DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law have received just under $900,000 from Arnold Ventures, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies to […]

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November 12, 2021

Event Recap: Henry McCollum, Leon Brown Attorneys Talk Wrongful Convictions

By Annie Han In 1983, Red Springs, North Carolina, 19-year-old Henry McCollum and 15-year-old Leon Brown were wrongfully arrested for the rape and murder of a young Sabrina Buie. With the teens’ intellectual disabilities (McCollum’s IQ being 51 and Brown’s at 49) and the police’s fabricated evidence, McCollum and Brown were extremely vulnerable to coercion, […]

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October 25, 2021

National Harm from Suspending Licenses in Response to Unpaid, Unaffordable Court Fines and Fees

By Annie Han Driving is critical for many people in North Carolina. North Carolinians need to drive to work, to take their children to school, and to complete other everyday tasks like grocery shopping and attending to their health. But, as important as is the right to drive, it can easily be taken away as […]

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October 7, 2021

Wilson Center Releases New Report on NC Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions

For some of us, an $80 speeding ticket is an unpleasant inconvenience. Yet for others, particularly those living in poverty, that same ticket can turn into a years-long nightmare of crushing debt and even the loss of their driver’s license altogether. Traffic tickets, infractions, and misdemeanors: these are the lowest level criminal cases. Yet the […]

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September 29, 2021