skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, September 25, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Federal judge blocks AZ law that 'disenfranchised' Native voters; government shutdown could cost U.S. travel economy about $1 Billion per week; WA group brings 'Alternatives to Violence' to secondary students.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Senator Robert Menendez offers explanations on the money found in his home, non-partisan groups urge Congress to avert a government shutdown and a Nevada organization works to build Latino political engagement.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

NC Governor’s Use of Clemency Spotlights Juvenile Life Sentencing

play audio
Play

Tuesday, April 5, 2022   

Gov. Roy Cooper has used his clemency power to end life sentences for three people sent to prison as children.

His decision last month followed the recommendation of the newly created North Carolina Juvenile Sentence Review Board.

The three individuals were tried and sentenced in adult criminal court for murders committed under age 18. All have served between 20 and 30 years in prison.

Kristie Puckett Williams, deputy director for engagement and mobilization at the ACLU of North Carolina, pointed out more than 80% of those in North Carolina prisons for crimes committed as juveniles are people of color. She said isolating youth worsens mental health and trauma.

"When you're talking about who you believe an eight-year-old is that is dangerous, you're not talking about white children," Puckett Williams asserted. "The image in folks' mind is Black children. And they are perfectly comfortable with subjugating Black and brown children in the juvenile justice system."

According to the governor's office, the three will be supervised by Community Corrections staff at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to help them safely and successfully return to their communities.

According to a report from The Sentencing Project, youth detention has grown even more common for Black and Latino youth.

It remains unclear how the pandemic has affected the numbers of North Carolina youth in detention or incarceration, but early data from the state indicate school-based complaints dropped in 2020.

Puckett Williams sees the COVID crisis as an opportunity for the state to act on the evidence showing community-based rehabilitation alternatives better serve young people.

"So we have to do better as a community of defining what does justice look like," Puckett Williams contended. "And it means that we protect our children, that we work with our children."

The Sentencing Project report showed grasping the true numbers of kids behind bars is difficult, because youth incarceration is typically measured in an annual, one-day count. The report's author estimated at least 80% of incarcerated youths are excluded using the metric.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Peter Sussman is among three patients with disabilities who have asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging California's End of Life Option Act. (Nancy Rubin)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California's medical aid-in-dying law is back in court. Three patients with disabilities and two doctors are asking to intervene in a lawsuit …


Environment

play sound

A new federal jobs program aims to mobilize tens of thousands of young Americans to address the growing threats of climate change. The American …

Social Issues

play sound

Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago says its student body and campus are growing - and so are its options for people to study in STEM fields…


The Student Assistance Program in some Ohio schools connects students with tools in order to remove obstacles to learning, and is now incorporating mental-health resources. (Rosalie Murphy/Kent State NewsLab).

Health and Wellness

play sound

By Nathalia Teixeira for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration…

Social Issues

play sound

Maine's new Office of Affordable Health Care holds its first public hearing this week, and people are being strongly encouraged to participate…

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five of the young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The number of children locked behind bars in Alabama has declined, but their advocates said more needs to be done to create alternatives to …

Social Issues

play sound

This coming Saturday, North Dakotans will get a chance to see how election workers go to great lengths to ensure a safe and secure voting process…

Environment

play sound

Scientists at Purdue University have been experimenting to create adhesives designed to be easier on the environment. So many products from …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021