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A Step in the Right Direction may lead to Habitual Felon Reform

Governor Beverly Perdue’s new 34-member StreetSafe Taskforce is a step in the right direction.  With prison populations breaking state budgets throughout the nation, this year is a perfect time to discuss the best ways to ensure that offenders can become successful contributing members of society.

The Taskforce is tasked with ensuring that the public is safe while also discussing the best practices to reduce recidivism and to keep prison entry rates from increasing.  Community programs that have been on the chopping block for years now have a chance at survival.

Attorney General Roy Cooper will co-chair the Taskforce.  Perhaps, conversations on the effectiveness of reentry versus lengthy prison terms for nonviolent offenders will increase support for reforming North Carolina’s costly habitual felon law.

2 Comments

  1. mark

    September 26, 2009 at 10:06 am

    just for the record a felony charge should be a act of violence
    from what I understand there are over 1500 crimes in
    north carolina that are felony charges hard to belive but
    I guess if you look at our prisons there full of people that should not be their heres what happens when every law on the book
    becomes a felony note when charged with a felony a non violent
    the person looses all rights as a citizan the only right you still have is your rights to pay taxes into a state that truns you into a life long thug that is unfit for to work anywhere becouse no one hires convicted felons violent or not your still a felon so lets get the record straight I think if the state has charged anyone with a felony if they take all rights as a citizan away seems to me like
    that person should not have to pay taxes untill their rights are restored all their rights not just a few of them so if your charged with a non violent felony in North Carolina look out becouse you just became a life long thug your life has come to a end and the way this seems its almost like your life has no value to the State
    becouse all your rights of slef protection are gone forever so is this a fair law this law it takes all the hopes away for anyone that
    has a non violent felony on there record when North Carolina
    and other states enforce laws that say that man is a convicted felon for selling a bag of pot and treat him like a rapest robber or a murder someone needs to rethink the laws other words what I guess what im trying to say is Im sick and tired of paying your wages so that people like you law makers can ruin good peoples lifes forevery its totally sick rase our taxes build more prisons
    theirs a lot of good people out her that needs a home becouse they cannot get jobs Thanks to the law makers keep up the good work maybe one day I can find a good job so people like me can pay more taxes so that people like you will have a job

  2. jloftin

    October 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I am for the reform of the non-violent habitual felon law. There is no consistency in who gets sentenced as a habitual felon and who gets to walk away. Send them all to a drug rehab and make them work and pay their way. TROSA is a start.