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  • Findings and Policy Solutions from New Hanover, Orange, and Robeson Counties North Carolina Court Appearance Project, April, 2022“About 1 in 6 jail bookings in project counties occurred solely because of a failure to appear.”
  • Racial Bias and Prison Discipline: A Study of North Carolina State Prisons Katherine M. Becker, April, 2022“Holding other variables constant, a Black person incarcerated in North Carolina was 10.3% more likely than a similarly situated white person to receive at least one disciplinary write-up in 2020.”
  • Waiting for Relief: A National Survey of Waiting Periods for Record Clearing Margaret Love and David Schlussel, Collateral Consequences Resources Center, February, 2022“The waiting periods for felony convictions range from as high as 10 or 20 years in North Carolina to as low as 0-2 years in California, with most states falling at the lower end of that range.”
  • Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Formerly Incarcerated Persons and the General Population: North Carolina, 2000-2018 Paywall :( Shabbar I Ranapurwala et al, February, 2022“While nationwide opioid overdose death rates declined from 2017 to 2018, OOD rates among North Carolina formerly incarcerated people increased by about a third, largely from fentanyl and its analogs.”
  • Driving Injustice: Consequences and Disparities in North Carolina Criminal Legal and Traffic Debt Duke Law School Wilson Center for Science and Justice, September, 2021“Over 650,000 people, or 1 in 12 adults in North Carolina currently have unpaid criminal court debt. One consequence of unpaid debt is indefinite suspension of driving privileges.”
  • Life Without Parole Sentencing in North Carolina Brandon L. Garrett et al, October, 2020“We find that fewer LWOP sentences are predicted to occur as the number of black victim homicides increase in a county, but no such relationship is found when considering the number of white victim homicides.”
  • Suicide in North Carolina Jails Disability Rights North Carolina, June, 2020“While the total deaths [in North Carolina jails] increased by 6% (from 46 to 49) between 2018 and 2019, jail suicides increased by 67% (from 12 to 20). In 2019, 41% of all jail deaths were deaths by suicide.”
  • The Explosion of Unpaid Criminal Fines and Fees in North Carolina Duke Law Center for Science and Justice, April, 2020“One in twelve adults in North Carolina currently have unpaid criminal court debt. This largely uncollectable debt may total well over one hundred million dollars.”
  • The Case for Clean Slate in North Carolina R Street, March, 2020“1.6 million North Carolinians, or close to one in five individuals, have a criminal record.”
  • Suicide in North Carolina Jails: High Suicide and Overdose Rates Require Urgent Jail Reform Action Disability Rights North Carolina, October, 2019“Jail deaths by overdose nearly tripled between 2017 and 2018, increasing by 175%”
  • Evaluation of North Carolina's Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program RAND Corporation, May, 2019“Housing, employment, and transportation were among the top referrals to services provided to Pathways students, followed by family and substance abuse treatment services.”
  • Evaluation of Pretrial Justice System Reforms That Use the Public Safety Assessment: Effects in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina MDRC, March, 2019“Mecklenburg County substantially reduced its use of money bail and detained fewer defendants, without sacrificing public safety or court appearance rates.”
  • Driver's License Suspension in North Carolina Brandon L. Garrett and William Crozier, March, 2019“We found that there are 1,225,000 active driver's licenses suspensions in North Carolina for non-driving related reasons, relating to failure to pay traffic fines and court courts, and failure to appear in court for traffic offenses.”
  • Court Fines and Fees: Criminalizing Poverty in North Carolina North Carolina Poverty Research Fund, January, 2018(In recent decades, the North Carolina General Assembly has levied a costly array of fees on low income Tar Heels and their families, creating massive hardships for those caught in webs of criminal justice debt.)
  • Key findings from statewide surveys in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin Justice Action Network; The Tarrance Group, February, 2016“[T]here is broad consensus that the federal criminal justice system jails too many non-violent criminals and spends too much on jailing nonviolent offenders.”
  • The Impact of Race, Gender, and Geography on Florida Executions Frank R. Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, January, 2016“Florida's use of the death penalty in the modern era has been marked by substantial disparities by the race and gender of the victim of the crime, and by geography.”
  • NC Traffic Stops The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April, 2015(Since 2000, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has been collecting data whenever a police officer stops a motorist, and since 2002, all sizable police departments in the state have done so.)
  • Justice Reinvestment in North Carolina: Three Years Later The Council of State Governments Justice Center, November, 2014“A total of 10 prisons closed as a result and the state is using some of the savings generated to focus on improving supervision practices by adding 175 probation and parole officers and investing in cognitive interventions and substance use treatment.”
  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report Urban Institute, January, 2014“Since enacting JRI, all eight states - Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina - have experienced reductions in their prison populations since the start of JRI.”
  • Solitary Confinement as Torture University of North Carolina School of Law Immigration/Human Rights Clinic, 2014(The conclusion reached is stark and straightforward: solitary confinement is ineffective at decreasing violence within prisons; it is ineffective at preserving public safety; it is ineffective at managing scarce monetary resources.)
  • Indicators of Labor Trafficking Among North Carolina Migrant Farmworkers National Institute of Justice, August, 2013“...Law enforcement representatives do not view labor trafficking either as a problem or as a law enforcement issue.”
  • Representing Girls in the Juvenile Justice System North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender, August, 2012“In an effort to provide information to defense counsel, this document provides a compilation of research regarding girls in the juvenile justice system and suggests best practices and strategies for defense counsel representing girls.”
  • A Stubborn Legacy: The Overwhelming Importance of Race in Jury Selection in 173 Post-Batson North Carolina Capital Trials Michigan State University College of Law, 2012“Over the twenty-year period we examined, prosecutors struck eligible black venire members at about 2.5 times the rate they struck eligible venire members who were not black.”
  • Law Enforcement Officers in Wake County Schools: The Human, Educational, and Financial Costs Advocates for Children's Services, Legal Aid of North Carolina, February, 2011(This report examines the effects of the proliferation of police officers in Wake County, NC (Raleigh area) public schools.)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction in North Carolina Vera Institute of Justice, 2011“Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for alleged misdemeanants and low-level felons will generate $52.3 million in net benefits, per annual cohort of youth aged 16 and 17, from the combined perspectives of taxpayers, victims, and youth.”

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