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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House Bill 879 – Juvenile Code Reform

By Eric Zogry House Bill 879 (H879) proposes various reforms and technical changes to the Juvenile Code. The changes are designed to improve due process protections, prevent further entry into the delinquency system, and reduce confinement in facilities. Due Process

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Better School Discipline Data in NC

By Jason Langberg There’s finally good news coming out of and bi-partisan cooperation in the North Carolina General Assembly. Earlier this month, Representatives Graig Meyer, Rick Glazier, Sam Watford, and Donny Lambeth filed House Bill (HB) 819, an act designed

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The Negative Impacts of SB 343

By Jane Wettach & Jason Langberg North Carolina already has a massive school-to-prison pipeline and an alarming number of youth in the adult criminal system, and both crises may soon worsen. Rep. Jerry Tillman filed SB 343 (“Student Assault on Teacher/Felony

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School Resource Officer Census Released

By Jason Langberg Last month, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Center for Safer Schools (CFSS) released its 2015 North Carolina School Resource Officer Census. The Census defines school resource officers (SROs) as “law enforcement officers who are assigned to

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