One question confronting North Carolina’s criminal justice system more and more is: What should we do for a 16-or-17-year-old who genuinely makes a mistake, learned a lesson and most likely will never make that mistake again? This year the “Raise the Age” bill (HB 725) was written to take care of these exceptional kids — […]
The Prison Home Leave program has been modified, according to the media, as of last week. While some people are resting better knowing that 15-20 of the offenders are no longer eligible, there are some concerns that need to be addressed. The press release below was sent out on July 3, 2013. July 3, […]
HB 725 “Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act” has been heard in a House committee meeting. HB 725 would “raise the age” from 16 to 18 for someone to be tried as an adult if he or she commits a misdemeanor. While the argument is raised that we need to give our children a second chance for […]
One important part of the session was decided not at the General Assembly, but at polling places across the state. In May, North Carolinians went to the polls in overwhelming numbers to vote for an amendment to our state’s Constitution that affirms marriage between one man and one woman. With the passage of the amendment, […]
With a controversial ballot question looming, some on the right have raised the plaintive cry that conservatives should shun “social issues.” But those issues aren’t distractions; they are instead an integral part of the bedrock on which the whole conservative movement rests. The social-issue debate within the North Carolina conservative movement and the Republican Party […]
From the (Greensboro, NC) News & Record of Sunday, October 16, 2011 For the record, it should be noted that a majority of the Republican-controlled legislature did not vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage; rather, the majority voted to allow us—the voters—to decide the question. Yet, since mid-September, the assembly’s […]
On September 12th, the General Assembly will convene for a special session to consider amendments to the state constitution. One of the amendments under consideration would define a recognized marriage as one only between a man and a woman. House Majority Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) said Democrats voted for a law in 1996 that restricted […]
No one can call themselves “pro-choice” and “pro-woman” and stand in opposition to the Women’s Right to Know Act (House bill 854). This piece of legislation requires that women receive a consultation with a doctor, are given information on alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion. […]
The 2011 legislative session was marked by a significant amount of pro-life and pro-family legislation. The most contested of these was HB 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,”which would have required that women be completely informed of all alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting period before making the final […]
In a controversial decision that followed heated opposition by the public and alarming questions raised by the members of the board, Durham County’s Partnership for Children voted to re-award a multimillion dollar contract to a non-profit with a very troubled past. The Durham County Partnership for Children is the local Smart Start branch in Durham […]
In North Carolina, like every other state, the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution gives parents the implicit right to care and nurture their children. Parents, not the government, are presumed to have the child’s best interest in mind when making choices about who may see their children and when, including custody and visitation decisions. […]
2011 finds North Carolina in the abyss of recession: high unemployment, low private sector job growth, and state government scrambling to fill a $3.7 billion budget hole. In a year when state finances are scarcer than any other time in recent history, virtually all government programs will be cut back; it is merely a question of how much.
Dozens of people rallied outside the state capital on August 10 to support a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman. The rally was one stop in a series of rallies taking place nationwide sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The 20-stop tour is part of NOM's "Summer for Marriage Tour 2010: One Man One Woman Rally" highlighting states without a marriage protection amendment.
When a crime is committed against a pregnant woman, North Carolina does not legally recognize the unborn child’s death or injury as a separate crime. In 2009, 15 states, including New York, Oregon and neighboring Tennessee introduced measures to protect unborn victims of violence. North Carolina was not one of those states
The tenth recommendation in the Civitas Institute 2010 Agenda: “20 Changes for 2010: A Primer for State Reform” focuses on ending the death penalty moratorium and carrying out jury verdicts.