Tale Of Two NC Sheriffs: Pitt County's Paula Dance

May 19, 2020

When one thinks of a sheriff in North Carolina, it’s easy to go back to the good ole days when the most popular sheriff around was Andy Griffith, in the make believe Mayberry. But today, North Carolina is more diverse, and so are the sheriffs in charge.

Sheriff Paula Dance of Pitt County is serving her first term as the first African-American female sheriff in the state. She’s admired for not partnering with ICE to specifically target Hispanic populations.

Dilsey Davis produced this video for Independent Lens, in association with Leoneda Inge and WUNC. The "Tale of Two North Carolina Rural Sheriffs" tells the story of two sheriffs and their choices to manage growing jail populations.