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Archive: October 2021

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

October 7, 2021

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, … Continue Reading →

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

September 29, 2021

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 … 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 →

Wilson Center Executive Director Appointed Special Master in NC COVID Litigation

December 4, 2020

Wilson Center Executive Director Thomas Maher has been appointed special master in the North Carolina litigation over the state prison system’s handling of COVID-19.

NAACP v. Cooper was filed earlier this year on behalf of several civil rights organizations, including … Continue Reading →

Forward Justice’s Atkinson Estimates 5,000 Could Vote This Election Thanks to Lawsuit over Felony Disenfranchisement

November 2, 2020

By De’Ja Wood and Sydney Gaviser 

Felony disenfranchisement rates are highest in Southern states, including in North Carolina, where voting restrictions passed during the Jim Crow era aimed to limit the political power of Black men.  

The Sentencing Project estimates … Continue Reading →