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#RaiseTheAgeNC Virtual Advocacy Day


Earlier this week New York changed its laws to stop automatically charging all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.  That’s great news!  But it now means that North Carolina is the only state in the country to charge all 16- and

Posted in Juvenile Justice

Ban the Confederate Flag in Orange County Schools


“For many, the flag is a racially inflammatory symbol, which is undeniably rooted in slavery and racism. Given OCS’ commitment to serve all students, the district should not allow the Confederate flag on its campuses.” – Orange County NAACP President

Posted in Juvenile Justice

A New Year; Same Old Story in Wake County

By Jason Langberg “This incident is more about how little this officer, and so many officers around the country, value black bodies, black health, black safety and security.” – Shaun King, NY Daily News, Jan. 4, 2017 Earlier this week,

Posted in Criminal Justice, Disparities, Education

New Youth Justice Resource: Racial Equity Report Cards

By Peggy Nicholson For many of the students heading back to school this week, a new school year is an exciting time, filled with new outfits, new teachers, and new schedules. Unfortunately, for many students of color, a new school

Posted in Disparities, Education, Juvenile Justice

First in Flight, Last in Youth Justice

by Austin Braxton North Carolina is the only state that automatically processes every 16 and 17 year-old through its adult criminal justice system without an opportunity for the youth to appeal for a transfer to juvenile court.[1] In fact, juvenile

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Amicus Brief: Silver v The Halifax County Board of Commissioners

By Ricky Watson Halifax County, NC is home to some of the lowest performing schools in the state.  One of the main reasons why they perform so poorly is rooted in the three separate school districts (two “black districts” and

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Opportunity Lost: North Carolina High School Athletics Association Felony Ban

By Ricky Watson The Problem After taking a trip to Walmart, noticing a fashionable piece of clothing and making the bonehead decision to pull the security tag off and walk out of the store, a 15-year-old high school student will

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Office for Civil Rights Enforcement Falls Short

“We must make sure our students’ background or identity – including their race, ethnicity, or national origin; their sex; or whether or not they have a disability – neither limits their opportunity nor dims their horizon. Instead, we must achieve

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House Bill 2 Makes Students Less Safe

By Peggy Nicholson Last week, North Carolina House Bill 2 became law and now, according to proponents of the bill, we can all breathe a little easier knowing that our children are safe to use the restroom. Well, that is,

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Zealous and Holistic Defense Advocacy Starts in Delinquency Court

By Caitlin Fenhagen Since 2008, I have worked as a capital defender in North Carolina. I work in an office that represents clients in potentially capital cases at the trial level. Frequently, guilt is not an issue, and our job as

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