Tens of thousands of North Carolinians on parole can now vote
By: Kelan Lyons - July 27, 2022
More than 55,000 North Carolina citizens with felony convictions who are on probation, parole or some other form of state supervision can now register to vote and will be able to cast a ballot in this year’s November elections. The end of felony disenfranchisement for these groups follows a three-year legal battle that culminated in […]
PW special report: Two recent state Supreme Court decisions could alter NC’s juvenile justice landscape
By: Kelan Lyons - July 22, 2022
After growing up behind bars, many who committed serious crimes when they were children now have a chance at parole James Ryan Kelliher first tried to kill himself when he was 10 years old. A high school dropout who had been abused by his father, Kelliher spent all his time getting or staying high by the time he was 17, robbing people to support his addiction.
Monday numbers: Gun violence in North Carolina, and one county’s efforts to address the crisis
By: Kelan Lyons - July 18, 2022
The shooting at the school convinced county leaders it was time to do something. In August 2021, on his first day back in class after a suspension, a 15-year-old student at New Hanover High School shot one of his peers in the hand and leg.
Cooper vetoes latest version of controversial immigration proposal
By: Kelan Lyons - July 11, 2022
Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “ICE 2.0” bill Monday afternoon, a Republican-backed measure that would have required sheriffs’ offices across the state to hold people accused of certain serious crimes in jail for up to 48 hours after they would have been released so that they can be taken into custody by federal immigration officials. […]
Medicaid expansion would help people incarcerated in jails and prisons — the ‘black hole of the mental health system’
By: Kelan Lyons - July 7, 2022
Thousands of people currently cycling in and out of jails and prisons are among the roughly 600,000 who would get health coverage under Medicaid expansion, potentially transforming North Carolina’s justice system. Dorel Clayton became unmoored after his mother died of ovarian cancer, in 2001.
Budget would expand sheriffs’ ability to challenge jail investigations — and delay fixing alleged violations
By: Kelan Lyons - July 1, 2022
County sheriffs and jailers could challenge violations uncovered during jail inspections conducted by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, according to a provision in the proposed state budget. Bill opponents say the measure undermines the state’s ability to regulate county jails and to enforce safety standards by allowing local authorities to immediately appeal the results of investigations. That could delay remedies for the violations while the appeal wends through the court system.
NC House committee advances “2.0 version” of controversial ICE detainer bill
By: Kelan Lyons - June 29, 2022
Members of a House Judiciary committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would require sheriff’s offices across North Carolina to hold people accused of certain serious crimes in jail for up to 48 hours so that they can be taken into custody by federal immigration officials. The bill continues a debate that stretches back to at […]