For the first time in nearly 100 years of Republican control of the legislative government in Raleigh. Normally, Republicans are seen as "tougher" on crime than Democrats, and it is somewhat surprising that in the past 100 years, North Carolina has developed a system of criminal justice, which is largely – though not entirely – difficult for criminal defendants.
Now, when Republicans govern, some people worry that the climate to criminal defendants will be even more hostile. But some signs of reform with the & # 39 are in the General Assembly.
Firstly, in 1994, North Carolina passed a structural reading of the verdict, which eliminated parole. Structured sentencing limits the way in which the judge may depart from the presumptive sentence, that is, what it stands for severe punishment.
As a result, while the crime rate in North Carolina has declined over the past decade, the number of people who are incarcerated in jails and prisons in North Carolina, has increased by 23 percent. The vast majority of the increase to & # 39 is the result of the tightening of penalties for non-violent offenders with drug – drug possession, drug trafficking, maintaining a dwelling, which are used or sold a controlled substance, and so on.
But now, when it is a massive budget deficit, the General Assembly, the Republican-controlled Republic, seeking to reduce the penalty for non-violent crimes and change certain crimes offenses.
This is the right approach. Violent crimes should be punished harshly. But non-violent crimes – where there is no victim, and where there is only the sale or possession of drugs – are North Carolina billion dollars in additional costs and achieving little in terms of security.
Second, the General Assembly is considering the introduction of control after the liberation. Although I'm not really a supporter of the creation of new penalties after the liberation, when someone else behaved in prison properly and may be released early and placed in the surveillance program, it can significantly reduce costs and increase security.