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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Suspension Prevention is Everybody’s Business

By: Jenni Owen Across North Carolina and the nation, what’s often referred to as “the great equalizer” turns students away. Schools suspend students for not attending school. Yes, really. Students who miss too much school are told they must miss even

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The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Action

By: Jane Wettach At a recent talk I gave on the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a school board member in the audience strongly objected to the metaphor and said he thought it wrongly blamed school boards and school administrators for a whole

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Progress on NC school suspensions, violence, but more to do | News & Observer

By Jason Langberg and Barbara Fedders *Originally published in the News & Observer Incidents of school crime and violence, short- and long-term suspensions, alternative learning program placements and corporal punishment were all down last school year. The Department of Public

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Policing the Police

By Jason Langberg The recent horrific police killings of African-American youth in Ferguson, Cleveland, and many other places across the country are a depressing reminder of the urgent need to rethink the ways in which law enforcement officers have come

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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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