Have you ever wondered why we treat many of our low-level criminal offenders so terribly? Many of the people who accused of these relatively minor offenses are often hit with some truly harsh penalties that make their lives very difficult. In fact, in some cases, the legal consequences associated with their low-level crime — and
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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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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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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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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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