Susan Pollitt

Disability Rights NC attorney Susan Pollitt and investigative reporter Kelan Lyons

BY: - April 17, 2023

It’s a hard truth that North Carolina’s criminal justice system regularly metes out wrongful and inequitable sentences, and recently, NC Newsline investigative reporter Kelan Lyons detailed one such deeply disturbing case. Bobby Norfleet was convicted of a crime in 1979 as a young man – trying unsuccessfully to set a fire to a house – […]

Bobby Norfleet wasn’t the only elderly imprisoned person in NC eligible for parole

BY: - April 7, 2023

Earlier this week NC Newsline published an in-depth story about Bobby Norfleet, a 67-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison in 1979. The story is about the myriad ways the justice system failed Norfleet, a poor and disabled Black man who grew up in a big, loving family in small Eastern North Carolina […]