Legislators Propose Repeal of Racial Justice Act

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The North Carolina House of Representatives referred a controversial bill to committee this week. House Bill 615 is titled “An Act to Reform the Racial Justice Act of 2009 to Be Consistent With the United States Supreme Court’s Ruling in Mccleskey v. Kemp.” The Racial Justice Act was a hot topic during the 2010 election
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State Prisons and County Jails Facing Uncertain Future

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The headlines in North Carolina are filled with the state’s budget woes. The most recent proposal included serious cuts to public safety programs. Among the targeted areas are state prisons, and legislators are hoping the proposed cuts will dovetail with the bipartisan Justice Reinvestment initiative. Justice Reinvestment is charged with finding new ways to handle
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1 Smurf + 2-liter Bottle = One-pot Meth Lab

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North Carolina logged a record-matching number of methamphetamine lab busts last month. February’s 46 labs matched the April 2005 peak. One key difference: In 2005, North Carolina had no law limiting sales of pseudoephedrine. We’ve reached the height of heights again even with the key ingredient moved behind the pharmacy counter. Why? Meth labs are
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Checkpoint Apps Encourage Drunk Driving, Senators Say

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As most Raleigh and North Carolina residents know, sobriety checkpoints are a key element of the state’s anti-drunk driving Booze It & Lose It program. At checkpoints this past St. Patrick’s Day police issued more than 1,000 DWI charges. A group of U.S. senators wants to lower that number, but lower it honestly. The senators
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Laura’s Law Update: North Carolina Dwi Legislation Passed by House

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Last month, we discussed proposed legislation entitled “Laura’s Law.” Recently, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the bill. The bill will now head to the North Carolina Senate where it is also expected to pass. The bill is named after a 17-year-old North Carolina resident, Laura, who was killed by
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