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School Justice Partnerships

March 29, 2021

Studies have shown exclusionary discipline practices are ineffective at improving student behavior and disproportionately impact students of color and students with disabilities. School Justice Partnerships are designed to reduce the use of exclusionary discipline and student contact with the justice system. 

Improving Community and Police Relations (Blog)

February 26, 2021

The issue of community and police relations acquired a great deal of public attention in recent years. In 2017, Mayor Sammy Phillips of Jacksonville, NC launched the “One City, Our City, My City” campaign to promote respect, caring, and collaboration among the community. The Jacksonville Police Department adjusted their training and review procedures around use of force incidents and decreased their use of force numbers from 103 instances in 2012 to 23 instances in 2018.

Elder Abuse Prevention – Johnston County (Blog)

January 4, 2021

Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States, with about 10% of elder adults abused in some way each year. Learn about how UNC School of Government faculty formed the North Carolina Elder Protection Network, and how Johnston County assembled a multidisciplinary team to combat elder abuse.

School Justice Partnerships

December 18, 2020

Exclusionary discipline practices – including suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the courts – negatively impact both students and their communities. Students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by these practices as they are more likely to be suspended, expelled, and referred to court. In North Carolina, school-based referrals make up about 40% of the referrals to the juvenile justice system. Most of these referrals are for minor, nonviolent offenses. In the 2016-2017 school year, 92% of school-based referrals were for misdemeanors.

Improving Community and Police Relations

November 13, 2020

In the wake of recent incidents involving police use of force and other issues, the role of the police has been questioned in many communities. In North Carolina, the Jacksonville Police Department is receiving accolades for its “One City, Our City, My City” campaign that promotes respect, caring, and collaboration, including strategies to counter misunderstandings about mental health and opioid abuse.

Join ncIMPACT Initiative Director Anita Brown-Graham as she explores related challenges and collaborative solutions with three expert panelists.
– Sen. Mujtaba A. Mohammed, Senator at NC State Senate District 38 & Assistant Public Defender
– Dr. Tobi Gilbert, Psychologist at Jacksonville Police Dept.
– Mayor Jacques Gilbert, Mayor of Apex & Retired Police Captain

Elder Abuse Prevention

September 18, 2020

At least 10% of elders are abused in some way each year, including through physical abuse, financial fraud, scams, caregiver neglect, psychological abuse and sexual abuse. Financial exploitation is the most prominent form of elder abuse in North Carolina and nationally. Usually, it is someone close to the victim who exploits them, or fraud efforts that target the elderly via phone or email. In Johnston County, a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), made up of the Clerk of Superior Court, DA’s Office, Department of Social Services, and Sheriff’s Department are working together to identify resources in the community, share information about scams and perpetrators, and resolve complex cases of abuse and exploitation through multiple supports for seniors.

Forever Convicted

February 27, 2020

Serving time in jail in many ways is not the end of punishment. The criminal conviction remains on your record after time served can present new challenges in the job search, getting an apartment, and even applying to school. Host Anita Brown-Graham looks at a program that offers legal relief to those stuck in limbo.

Incarceration to Workforce Re-entry

April 18, 2019

Studies show that more than 60% of the formerly incarcerated stay unemployed one year after being released, and those who do get a job, earn 40% less than they did prior to jail. Anita Brown-Graham takes a look at a program designed to support re-entry into the workforce and to help them re-join their community.