"If we are to right the ship, the Judicial Branch will need sufficient investment from this General Assembly to ensure that we adequately fund the basic operations of the court system. . . . If we cannot pay for these basic services, we cannot conduct timely trials. We all know that justice delayed is justice denied."...
The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys recently launched an all-out assault on the state’s newly implemented Racial Justice Act. Sadly, the attack came before the fledgling law (which was designed to prevent the state putting someone to ...Read more Comments Off on The unwarranted assault on the Racial Justice Act
There has been a lot of talk recently about “partisan bickering” and what it is that divides us in this state and in this country. One of the many issues that very often come up during such discussions ...Read more Comments Off on Why government neutrality ensures religious liberty and inclusiveness
In the flood of controversial bills cascading through the General Assembly this year in Raleigh it is understandable that one simple little measure might get temporarily lost in the crush. What shouldn’t be understandable, however, is that a ...Read more Comments Off on A striking proposal
North Carolina faces one of the worst budget crises in memory so it makes plenty of sense for Governor Perdue to seek out ways to cut costs and find efficiencies within the government. But as estimates about how many teachers the state will lose and proposed class sizes creep up rapidly, we should consider how much of this budget crisis we want to balance on the backs of North Carolina's children. Indeed, close consideration of some of the proposals under consideration may give us cause to look for other options. ...Read more Comments Off on Finding efficiencies, but at what cost?
Do you know who's peeking at your private medical information? Who do you think should be? ...Read more Comments Off on How private is your â€œprivateâ€ medical information?
Many people may not even be aware that corporal punishment is still allowed in North Carolina, but it is. In fact, there were 1,400 incidents of corporal punishment in North Carolina schools during the 2008-2009 school year despite the fact that minority of the state's school districts continue to use corporal punishment. ...Read more Comments Off on Corporal Punishment Takes a Hit at the General Assembly
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General released a report at the end of March detailing the failings of the so-called 287(g) program - the program that allows local law enforcement agencies to partner with the federal government to enforce immigration laws. The report raises several important questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of the program. ...Read more Comments Off on Demanding better immigration solutions
This summer, the city of Wilmington announced its decision to place "Automated License Plate Reader/Recognition" (ALPR) technology on the drawbridge connecting Wrightsville Beach to the mainland. Wilmington isn't alone; six other police departments in North Carolina also use ALPR. ...Read more Comments Off on Surveillance Society?
In recent years, North Carolina has witnessed a number of unfortunate incidents in which law enforcement roadblocks and traffic stops have resulted in unfair or unjust treatment of persons of color - especially person of Latino origin. Now the General Assembly may be doing something about it. ...Read more Comments Off on Making sure that police checkpoints and traffic stops are fair to everyone