‘Ten for NC:’ Why are some NC counties building bigger jails?

'Ten for NC:' Why are some NC counties building bigger jails?



Carolina Public Press continues its celebration of 10 years of investigative and public interest journalism in North Carolina. CPP gathered a panel of experts on Nov. 3 to explore the complicated issues of building new or bigger NC jails. The panel discussed the reasons behind the drive to buildrevenue generation and other influencesand some of the ways in which communities might reduce jail populations. These could be community-based programs to prevent incarceration, such as addiction intervention and early intervention for mental health identification and treatment.

Above: Participants gather on Zoom for the Nov. 3 event.

Moderated by Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor, panelists were Felicia Arriaga, Visiting Research Scholar Princeton School of Public and International Affairs & Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University; Amanda Hughett, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Illinois Springfield; Kristie Puckett-Williams, Statewide Campaign for Smart Justice Manager, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina; Jessica Smith, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Director, Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Jordan Wilkie, Carolina Public Press staff reporter and Report for America corps member.

See the video from the event below:

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The Ten for NC series helps readers go in-depth on issues and interests for all North Carolinians. Ten for NC events are free and feature panelists and speakers, along with opportunities for discussion with participants.

Among others, the program covered North Carolina news deserts and ghost newspapers, and how Covid-19 has impacted small business, jobs, tourism and the state’s economy and what’s happening to N.C.’s coastal ecology.

Visit the Ten for NC page for information on all the events, how to submit your questions to panelists and more about CPP’s 10th anniversary.

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