New Crack Guidelines Mean Early Release for North Carolina Prisoners

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently announced the retroactive application of guidelines adopted in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The unanimous decision could result in reduced sentences for as many as 12,000 offenders in prison on crack cocaine charges. Congress passed the 2010 law in an effort to equalize the sentencing for crack and powder cocaine
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State Patrol Says Trucker Was Going 65 Mph at Time of Fiery Crash

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Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Patrol issued its final accident report on the June 20, 2011 crash on Interstate 40. The accident left three dead and the driver of the tractor trailer that started the chain reaction facing multiple criminal charges. One look at the picture of the big rig after the crash
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16- and 17-year-old Nonviolent Felons Eligible for Expungements, P 2

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We were talking about a new law in North Carolina that will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to ask the courts to have their criminal records expunged. The crimes in question must be nonviolent felonies. Violent crimes will stay on their records. The new law only applies to teens who are convicted and who have no
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16- and 17-year-old Nonviolent Felons Eligible for Expungements

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Governor Perdue recently signed a bill into law that will allow North Carolina’s courts to expunge the records of 16- and 17-year-olds charged with or convicted of nonviolent felonies. An expungement erases a criminal charge or conviction from the record, essentially wiping the slate clean as far as the public, the courts and law enforcement
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