Criminal Justice


Wrongfully imprisoned for more than 40 years, Ronnie Long received word of his pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper hours after the publication of a Cardinal & Pine series. (Image via 'Free Ronnie Long' on Facebook)
‘Tears of Joy’: After Four Decades of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ronnie Long Pardoned

Ronnie Long, who was featured this week in a Cardinal & Pine series, received word of his pardon Thursday from NC Gov. Roy Cooper.

Held in prison for 44 years for a crime he didn't commit, Ronnie Long meets a new world. (Image via "Free Ronnie Long" on Facebook)
Fresh Shrimp and Creamsicles: Ronnie Long Meets the World Again

Wrongfully imprisoned in NC for 44 years, Ronnie Long comes to terms with a different world than the one he knew.

A protester kneels in the street before continuing with those marching through uptown after George Floyd's killing. Floyd's death sparked widespread outcry and, in North Carolina, a racial equity task force that assembled a lengthy list of recommendations for criminal justice reform. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
Marijuana and Body Cams: Here Are the Big Ideas in Cooper Task Force’s Criminal Justice Report

Cooper's racial justice task force, created after George Floyd's killing, wants more training, fairer drug laws, and police accountability.

A formerly incarcerated writer discusses the criminal justice reform issues he'd like to raise with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
I Was Once Incarcerated for a Non-Violent Drug Offense. Let’s Do Lunch, Kamala Harris.

If I were ever given the opportunity to sit down with the future vice president, I'd like to have a meaningful conversation about criminal justice reform.

The Rev. Greg Drumwright leads a 1,000-person march to the polls on Election Day in Graham, NC. (Photo by Alvin Jacobs Jr. for Cardinal & Pine)
Push for Racial Justice in Alamance County Continues with Weekend March

Weeks after peaceful marchers were pepper-sprayed on the way to the polls, Black Lives Matters supporters will be back in Alamance County this Sunday.

A racial justice task force recommended that North Carolina decriminalize marijuana possession.
NC Task Force Wants Weed Decriminalized

A racial justice task force reporting to Gov. Roy Cooper recommended North Carolina do away with criminal penalties, citing how Black and Latino residents are disproportionately convicted.

Jamie Lau, center, speaks in a vigil calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to act on pardon and clemency requests with two of his clients released from prison after serving long sentences next to him, Calrutha Johnson  and Ronnie Long. Kristie Puckett-Willliams of the ACLU of NC is on the right. (Image courtesy of Melissa Boughton)
NC’s Prison Population Forgotten in Fight Against COVID-19, Advocates Say

A coalition of criminal justice groups are holding a 58-day vigil to pressure Gov. Roy Cooper to do more to protect the 30,000 North Carolinians in prison from COVID-19.