Justice & Public Safety

 

Murderers Get Out of Jail on Weekends

Imagine that one of your loved ones had been murdered and your family had undergone the long ordeal of watching a trial. The murderer has been sentenced and (you think) is in jail for the rest of his life. All of a sudden on a Saturday morning trip to the…

 

HB 725 – We Already Give Juveniles a Second Chance — Maybe even a Third

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…

 

Anatomy of ‘Moral Monday’ Protesters

Recent media reports have suggested that the protesters disrupting the General Assembly at “Moral Mondays” represent a cross-section of North Carolina citizens. We decided to investigate that claim. Using arrest records and other public documents, we investigated who really is involved in these protests. The graphics below detail a few…

 

SB 306: The Racial Justice Act and One Family’s Emotions

SB 306 passed concurrence in the Senate. Civitas has shared many stories of families who are the real victims of the Racial Justice Act. After SB 306 passed through the Senate and House, we began to hear from other families and how the Racial Justice Act affected them. Families know…

 

‘Moral Mondays’ Getting Murkier

Let’s say you’re an ordinary citizen and you trespass on someone’s property. You come back the next day anyway. You get arrested again, and this time you’re charged with contempt. Wait – what’s that? You’re the Rev. William Barber? Never mind. Please, come inside. The legal situation surrounding weekly protests…

 

The Real Victims of the Racial Justice Act, Part III

This is the last in the 3 part series including the Turner family and their experience with the Racial Justice Act. Roy Turner Jr. was killed in the line of duty and his parents are sharing their story about how they have been affected.

 

VIDEO: The Real Victims of the Racial Justice Act, Part 2

The Senate Committee on Judiciary I is meeting this morning about SB 306. SB 306 would repeal the Racial Justice Act and lift the moratorium on the Death Penalty here in North Carolina. This is the 2nd of 3 videos that shows what the Turner Family thinks and had to…

 

VIDEO: The Real Victims of the Racial Justice Act

On March 13, 2013 Sen Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) filed legislation to restart the death penalty in NC and ensure justice will be served for more than 100 families whose loved ones were brutally taken from them. One part of the legislation will repeal the Racial Justice Act, which many…

 

“Raise the Age” Raises Tough Questions

“The Devil is in the details” should be the theme of the Legislative Research Commission’s Age of Juvenile Offender Committee. This committee is meeting to discuss what to do about last year’s “Raise the Age” bill. HB632/S506 was proposed in 2011, and would allow 16- and 17-year-old offenders charged with…

 

True Victims of the Racial Justice Act

The closing arguments in North Carolina’s initial Racial Justice Act (RJA) concluded a few weeks ago in Fayetteville, and the public will be waiting for another one or two months for the ruling. Under the RJA, convicted murderers can appeal their sentence under the guise that race played a factor…

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