“When guns are outlawed,” the adage goes, “only outlaws will have guns.” That certainly seems to be the case in Charlotte: A Civitas analysis of gun-related arrests in Charlotte indicates that at least 66 percent of arrestees were ineligible to purchase handguns. Using public records, Civitas requested data on all handgun crimes committed in the […]
A version of this op-ed appeared in the Charlotte Observer. Last week, a young man from eastern North Carolina named Keith Vidal became the latest victim in a long series of preventable tragedies caused by untreated severe mental illness. Police shot and killed Keith, a 90-pound, 18-year-old boy who suffered from schizophrenia. It is a […]
This week, another preventable tragedy in North Carolina. From WWAY NC: A Boiling Springs Lake father says his son was murdered by police this afternoon. Mark Wilsey called police when his 18-year-old, 90 lb. son had a screwdriver that he would not let go…his son, Keith Vidal, had schizophrenia and was having an episode Sunday […]
Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Crisis Solutions Initiative, a new state effort aimed at addressing the failures of Gov. Easley’s 2001 mental health reforms. Following the announcement, the Civitas Institute called on the McCrory administration to get serious about severe mental illness. The first meeting of the Crisis Solutions […]
Imagine someone has killed your loved one, and despite the court telling you that the killer’s sentence is 12 years, you suddenly find out that the murderer is able to go home on weekends only nine years into the sentence. That nightmare is a reality for one family in North Carolina. A Wilmington family thought […]
"Where do you want to be -- a prison, a coffin, or in the community?" That is the question posed to 18 convicted felons last week in the Rockingham County Agricultural Center.
Last week the issues surrounding the 911 system in the state were brought to light. But what does the Board do from here to fix those issues and make sure the outages are kept to a minimum and that no calls go unanswered? There are a couple of possible solutions. The first is to get […]
What were to happen if you called 911 and no one answered? Unfortunately, this has happened all too often recently across our state. The 911 centers also known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) have been plagued with outages since January 2013. This subject was brought to my attention during a recent Joint Legislative meeting […]
This is part I of a three-part article on mental health and severe mental illnesses in North Carolina. Almost unheard of before 1966, mass shootings like the Newtown massacre have become more and more frequent in modern American life. Pundits and politicians alike have been unable to identify the root cause of these atrocities. In […]
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 — […]
A day in the life of a juvenile court … what does it really look like? Is it all about the crazy kids that television dramas portray?
Why do judges levy prison sentences if the convicted criminals aren’t going to serve the entirety of their punishment? Whatever happened to truth in sentencing?
Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL reported on the scandal but their information was based on only a brief summary of the audit but we weren’t content with that. Here's the whole story.
HB 725 Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act – better known as the “Raise the Age” bill stalled in the Long Session this year.
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, […]