16- and 17-year-old Nonviolent Felons Eligible for Expungements

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Governor Perdue recently signed a bill into law that will allow North Carolina’s courts to expunge the records of 16- and 17-year-olds charged with or convicted of nonviolent felonies. An expungement erases a criminal charge or conviction from the record, essentially wiping the slate clean as far as the public, the courts and law enforcement
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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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