Jails Will Take More of State’s Misdemeanor Offenders in 2012

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Beginning in January, North Carolina offenders sentenced to six months or less will serve their time in county jails rather than the state’s prisons. Offenders sentenced to 90 days or less will still serve their time in county jails, but those convicted of more serious misdemeanors like assault will no longer automatically go to minimum-custody
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Defendant Sentenced for One Crime Awaits Trial for Another

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After more than seven days of testimony, a jury deliberated for a few hours before coming back with a guilty verdict in a high-profile North Carolina murder case. The defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison for his part in the death of a Chapel Hill student. He was convicted of first-degree
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Raleigh Police Arrest 1 of 3 Suspects in Armed Robberies

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A 22-year-old Raleigh man was taken to the Wake County jail today, charged in connection with a string of armed robberies in the area. Police believe he participated in more than six robberies over a two week period. According to police records, the charges against him include five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon,
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Racial Bias Law and Controversy Around It Survive Repeal Effort

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With a stroke of her pen this morning, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue preserved the state’s Racial Justice Law — for the moment. The governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9 allows the petitions of 154 death row inmates to proceed. The bill would have significantly changed the law by eliminating the admissibility of statistical evidence
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws P3

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We are continuing a brief rundown of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. As we mentioned in our last two posts, the laws cover a lot of ground. North Carolina now has stiffer penalties for DWI repeat offenders and allows the court to expunge the criminal records of some offenders under age
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