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.
Focus Area Group: Criminal Justice
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.
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
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.
Trial Judges’ Perceptions of North Carolina’s Office of Indigent Defense Services: A Report on Survey Results (Mar 2016) “We asked the 80 judges who responded “Yes” to the question to describe the impact of the rate reductions on the quality … Continued
A Process Evaluation and Demographic Analysis of Jury Pool Formation in North Carolina’s Judicial District 15B (Sep 2016) “Our evaluation includes documenting the individual steps in each of the three main parts of the process for forming jury pools: (1) … Continued
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.
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.
Pretrial Reform in Haywood County ncIMPACT explores pretrial reform in Haywood and Jackson counties. Anita Brown-Graham hosts. Generous support for this series is provided by UNC-School of Government and Civic Federal Credit Union. Digital Extra 1:Unfairness of Pretrial System Susanna … Continued
Human Trafficking in the Triad ncIMPACT examines human trafficking in the NC Triad region. Anita Brown-Graham hosts. Generous support for this series is provided by the UNC-School of Government and Civic Federal Credit Union. On March 7, 2019, we hosted … Continued