2014 Legislative Session Summary on Juvenile Justice

By Brandy Bynum The NC Legislature was in session from May 14 through August 20. Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included financing the $445 million state budget shortfall, teacher pay, Medicaid and coal ash ponds. Below are legislative

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Alternatives to School Suspension Are More Effective at Changing Student Behavior

By Jane Wettach and Jenni Owen In the 2012-13 school year, North Carolina students missed more than 750,000 school days due to suspension. Though suspension is the most widely used disciplinary technique in both general and special education, research has

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Spotlight on Juvenile Delinquency Cases

By Eric Zogry In late 2013 the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued opinions on three juvenile delinquency cases that merit highlighting: • In re J.L.H., 2013 N.C. App. LEXIS 1155 • In re G.C., 2013 N.C. App. LEXIS 1203

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Changing the Course of Anti-Bullying Policy and Law

By Sean Langberg If advocates, policymakers, and lawmakers hope to plug the school-to-prison pipeline they must embrace policies and programs that are anti-bullying rather than anti-bully. Communities often rightly rush to the side of the victims of bullying, but what

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Kids Make Mistakes

By Brandy Bynum We all want our kids to learn from their mistakes, go to school and get good jobs. Yet, NC remains one of only two states in the nation that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults

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No (More) Youth in the Criminal System

By Barbara Fedders In its upcoming legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly is poised to again take up a Republican-sponsored bill that would expose more youth to criminal prosecution in the adult system. All who care about public safety and

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Selina Garcia: Multi-System Failure

By Jennifer Story At 7:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, I began to receive a flurry of text messages from Selina, a 17-year-old high school student in Wake County, North Carolina. “Jen, something happened on the school bus. The SRO

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Durham’s Misdemeanor Diversion Program

By Marcia Morey Jasmine, 16, stood behind the defense table in Criminal Courtroom 4-D. She was in line with two dozen “real” adults in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s who faced charges of robbery, selling drugs, home invasions, etc. As

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Reducing Disparities and Promoting Equity in School Discipline

By Jason Langberg The State Constitution and U.S. Constitution guarantee students in North Carolina public schools equal protection under of the laws. Moreover, under federal civil rights laws, North Carolina public school students have a right to be free from

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