The Fair Chance Criminal Justice Project applauds and congratulates Senator Andy Wells (R-Alexander, Catawba), Senator Warren Daniel (R-Avery, Burke, Caldwell), Rep. Dennis Riddell (R-Alamance), and Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham) for their successful efforts to advance Senate Bill 584 Criminal Law Reform.
After passing the Senate earlier this session, SB 584 is now moving through the House—the bill received a favorable report from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and is expected to pass the House with bipartisan support.
SB 584 is intended to limit the ability of local governments and state agencies to create criminal laws through local ordinances and rule making, respectively. It’s a crucial part of a broader bipartisan movement in North Carolina and across the country to clarify and otherwise limit what behaviors and acts constitute a crime and are subject to criminal penalties like incarceration.
There is growing consensus across the political spectrum that there are too many criminal laws that punish individuals and derail lives unnecessarily and without warning. SB 584 recognizes the incredible impact of criminal punishments and takes reasonable measures to restrict the authority to criminalize behaviors to the state legislature rather than delegating that authority haphazardly.