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Criminal justice reform compromise package heads to North Carolina House

Added 05-14-21 09:23:02am EST - “The North Carolina Senate has approved an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that includes increases in penalties for rioting and resisting arrest.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Criminal justice reform compromise package heads to North Carolina House”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The North Carolina Senate has approved an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that includes increases in penalties for rioting and resisting arrest.

Senate Bill 300 makes resisting arrest while causing serious injury to an officer a felony and increases minimum maximum sentences for certain riots.

“Over the past decade, Republicans in the General Assembly have been dedicated to evaluating the criminal justice system and implementing reforms that have broad support,” said Sen. Danny Earl Britt Jr., R-Robeson, one of the bill’s sponsors. “We’ve corrected decades of overcriminalization. SB 300 continues that trajectory and responds directly to concerns about police conduct. Our work isn’t complete, but we’ll continue to come together to address these critical issues.”

Lawmakers said the measure was filed in response to local and national demonstrations last summer after the police killings of unarmed Black people and the U.S. Capitol riot in January. North Carolina businesses were destroyed and looted during the summer demonstrations.

Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, said the bill is a step toward equity and fairness in the state’s justice system, which has been a goal for the General Assembly since the summer demonstrations.

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