North Carolina Sides with Jails in Us Supreme Court Strip Search Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a number of criminal cases during the 2011-2012 term. One case in particular has attracted the attention of states’ attorneys general and criminal defense attorneys — on opposite sides. The case is about strip searches in jails and whether they are appropriate when the prisoner is not accused of
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Tour Bus Driver Won’t Face Traffic Charges

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The driver of a tour bus involved in a fatal accident in May will not face all of the charges originally filed against him. The four involuntary manslaughter counts will remain, but the prosecution has dropped the misdemeanor reckless driving charge. The bus, operated by a North Carolina discount bus company, was heading north on
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, Concl.

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In North Carolina, it is a crime to strike an emergency room nurse or doctor. Depending on the harm inflicted, an offender can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault. While it makes sense to arrest someone who intentionally attacks a nurse for criminal purposes, the law is less clear-cut when we think about the person
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 3

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We are close to wrapping up our discussion of how jails and prisons are dealing with the mentally ill. Anyone involved with the criminal justice system — either defense or prosecution — is aware that the number of inmates with mental illness has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The problem, of course, is that
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 2

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North Carolina recognized long ago that jail and prison inmates often suffer from mental illness. The Department of Correction had dedicated mental health facilities long before the Reagan Administration shut down state hospitals across the country. That de-institutionalization, though, put a whole new population of men and women on the streets; many went from inpatient
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