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Pew Analysis Finds No Relationship Between Drug Imprisonment and Drug Problems


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On June 19, 2017, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a letter to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, outlining an analysis of whether state drug imprisonment rates are linked to the nature and extent of state drug problems—a key question as the nation faces an escalating opioid epidemic. Pew compared publicly available data from law enforcement, corrections, and health agencies from all 50 states.

Texas' newly signed Sandra Bland Act sets example for rest of the nation


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On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state's Sandra Bland Act, named after the black woman who was found dead in a Waller County jail cell, into law.

Opioid Addictions won't be Cured by Tough Sentences


By Pat Nolan and Newt Gingrich 

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One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campaign was his pledge to end the opioid epidemic - and he has taken some strong steps toward making good on that promise, including the creation of a commission and almost a half billion dollars in new funding. 

“Raise The Age” Bill Gains Momentum in NC Legislature


Rep. Chuck McGrady Leads the Effort to Offer Second Chances to Youth Offenders


Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform released a statement today regarding the advancement of juvenile justice reform in North Carolina. The North Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday that would protect youth (ages 16 and 17) who commit low-level offenses from being charged as adults. 

NC Chief Justice urges Passage of "Raise the Age" Legislation

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Raleigh, North Carolina --North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin urged legislators Monday not to let North Carolina become the only remaining state that automatically tries 16- and 17-year-olds in criminal court, but to pass legislation aligned with a recommendation of a commission he organized.