Stories tagged: "criminal justice"


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Poorly Resourced, Insufficient Oversight System Allows Violations, Dangerous Conditions in NC Jails

Disability Rights NC is pushing for more rigorous oversight and stronger enforcement mechanisms to ensure that inmates, jail staff are safe.

George White had an astounding political career, beginning in 1881 with his election from Craven to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1885 he served in the State Senate. In 1896 White moved to Tarboro and launched a successful bid for a national seat. Voters in what was called the “Black Second” Congressional District, had already sent three African Americans to Congress. White was elected twice, and was the last remaining Black US Congressman when he introduced the first antilynching bill in 1900.
This NC Lawmaker Called for an Antilynching Law 100 Years Ago. This Week, We Got One.

The US will finally make lynching a federal crime, after more than a century of attempts. C&P looks at the long road to justice. It only took 122 years to declare lynching a federal hate crime, after a long-sought bill passed Congress this week.  The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the US House with three...

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Andrew Brown’s Family Takes Lawsuit Federal so He Can ‘Get the Justice That He Deserved’

Brown was killed in April by Pasquotank County deputies who shot him in the back of the head as he drove away.

James Coleman Jr., one of the nation's foremost wrongful convictions attorneys, spoke with Cardinal & Pine about the sometimes painful process of getting a pardon for already exonerated people in North Carolina. (Image via Duke University)
They’re Innocent, so Why Does Pardoning Take So Long? One of NC’s Top Wrongful Conviction Attorneys Speaks Up.

“It’s actually worse under a Democratic governor,” James Coleman Jr. of Duke’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic says of NC's pardon process.

When Matt Oxendine threatened to kill himself, his family called deputies for help. But deputies ended up shooting him to death. Collage from L to R: (1) A text message from Matt's cousin to Robeson County deputies attempting to call law enforcement off shortly before the shooting. (2) Matt with his daughter, Madison. (3) A photo of Matt Oxendine. (4) The Oxendine brothers from L to R, Greg, Marcus, Chesly, Matt.  (5) A photo of Matt's car after police shot him 30 times in January. (Collage made by Rebecca Russ)
Family Left in the Dark Months After Robeson County Man Shot 30 Times by Deputies

A North Carolina family called police for help when Matt Oxendine threatened suicide. Instead, deputies killed him.

Ethan (left) and Kimberly Wheeler founded The Phoenix Alliance, which assists girls in human trafficking situations.
Easter Egg Hunt Helps NC Couple’s Anti-Trafficking Effort

Ethan and Kimberly Wheeler of Rockingham County fundraise through Easter egg hunts to help groups rescues young girls from sex trafficking operations.

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.