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Archive: June 2022

NC Supreme Court Imposes Limits on Severe Punishment for Youth

June 27, 2022

Last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued two important decisions concerning the way our state imposes prison time on people who committed crimes when they were children.

In State v. Kelliher and State v. Conner, the Court reiterated that … Continue Reading →

North Carolina Prisons See Drop in COVID Cases For Now, Delta Could Bring New Threat

August 9, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, 10,000+ North Carolina prison-incarcerated people have tested positive for the virus. In the last three months though, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) has noted a striking … Continue Reading →

Wilson Center Welcomes Ben Finholt in New Role Addressing Sentencing, Racial Disparities

August 4, 2021

Ben Finholt, Director of the Just Sentencing Project, joined the Wilson Center this month. He previously worked at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.

Finholt’s work at the Wilson Center will aim to address extreme sentencing and racial disparities categorically through … Continue Reading →

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 →