Bail System Has Its Problems. How Does North Carolina Stack Up?

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Comedian/satirist John Oliver opened an immense can of worms with his criticism of the American bail system. The segment garnered the attention of the Washington Post, Slate.com, Time magazine and other, perhaps less revered news outlets. Oliver explained the way bail works and alleged that the system, in its current form, disproportionately penalizes the poor.
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Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime? P5

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We are finishing up our discussion of efforts to address the issues that cause and result from the incarceration of people with serious mental illnesses. This is not a new problem by any means, but a new nationwide imitative — Stepping Up — has brought the issue back to the fore. Stepping Up is built
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Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime? P4

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We are turning back to our discussion of jails and detainees with mental illness. When we left off in our May 25 post, we were talking about North Carolina’s efforts to get these detainees the treatment they need and to alleviate the strain on county jails. Several counties in the state have jail diversion programs,
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Law Change Ups Ante on Sex Crimes for Some School Workers

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Anyone faced with a sex crime charge in North Carolina faces serious consequences if they are convicted. And with action taken recently by the General Assembly, the stakes have been raised even higher, at least for certain individuals who work around students in the state’s school systems. Lawmakers gave final approval late last month to
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Talk to an Attorney, Not Police, After an Assault Arrest

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Many people may not realize it, but an assault charge can end up impacting someone’s life for years to come. Not only are there the criminal consequences that can come from a conviction, but having a conviction on one’s record can limit housing, employment and educational opportunities. This means that a mistake or misunderstanding today
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