Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike for Better, Safer Medical Care

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Officials at Central Prison in Raleigh confirmed this week that nine prisoners have been refusing meals. One prisoner, apparently the spokesman for the hunger strike, indicated in a letter that as many as 100 inmates planned to participate. A representative from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said that prison staff would be monitoring
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2011 North Carolina Crime Stats: Murders Up, Other Crimes Down

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State officials reported statewide crime statistics for 2011 recently, and the numbers are a mixed bag. The crime rate reported for all offenses in North Carolina was the lowest it has been since 1977, but the murders rate rose by almost 6 percent during the same time period. While homicide may have been up, the rate
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Speeding Through a Sobriety Checkpoint is a No-no, Driver Learns

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Sobriety checkpoints in North Carolina, as in most places, are typically placed by law enforcement officials at high-traffic intersections where accidents have historically been known to occur — and where police believe they will encounter and stop a large number of people to determine whether they are driving drunk. One driver in Pennsylvania recently decided
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A Criminal Record is Not Forever, Says Bill Sent to Governor

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The North Carolina General Assembly accomplished this week what some state lawmakers have been trying to do for a decade. Both the House and the Senate approved a bill that will allow the courts to wipe the slate clean for some nonviolent offenders. Not only will future offenders have the opportunity to expunge their records,
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Supreme Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Teens, P. 2

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With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 term concluded, legal analysts and court watchers have a lot of complicated opinions to hash out. The Health Care Act opinion may have stolen the thunder of every other opinion handed down this week, but one ruling deserves the attention of anyone involved with the criminal justice system. Two
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