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.