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Archive: March 2022

Wilson Center Applauds Gov. Roy Cooper for Exercising Clemency Power

March 17, 2022

Late last week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced he would commute the sentences of April Barber, Joshua McKay, and Anthony Willis — three individuals who were sentenced to long terms in prison for crimes they committed when they were teenagers.

This … Continue Reading →

Everything You Need to Know About Clemency in North Carolina

September 17, 2021

By Ben Finholt and Jamie Lau

On April 8, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 208, establishing the Juvenile Sentence Review Board. This board is a new mechanism for executive clemency, which has been described as “provid[ing] … Continue Reading →

Newby’s Adverse Childhood Experience Task Force to Meet for First Time This Month

August 2, 2021

By Carmyn Brown

Recently, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby announced a Task Force to address and study ACEs. ACEs are short for Adverse Childhood Experiences which suggests that childhood trauma and stress can lead to major illness, … 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 →

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 →