Criminal Defense Attorneys Have a Role in Reducing Recidivism

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The American Bar Association has passed a new resolution calling for criminal defense lawyers to use a holistic approach with their clients. The resolution follows the release of an ABA report on recidivism rates of convicted criminals. In North Carolina, anyone who has a criminal record learns quickly that there are long-term consequences. Ex-offenders may
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North Carolina Legislative Session Over, Crime Bills a Mixed Bag

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed several bills into law earlier this month that the state’s criminal defense attorneys have been following. The new laws will change penalties, for the most part. One new crime also enters the books. One of the most important but, perhaps, least surprising laws brings North Carolina into line with
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Pretrial Release Program Cuts Could Help Few and Harm Many

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As the General Assembly hands the Racial Justice Act bill over to the governor, the North Carolina House could be debating another bill that would radically change the state’s pretrial release programs. The bill’s sponsors claim the programs are unnecessary; its opponents claim the programs provide vital services not just to people facing criminal charges
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