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What Criminal Justice Reforms Are State Lawmakers Discussing?

The North Carolina House of Representatives' meeting room
North Carolina General Assembly
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Protests about police brutality are sparking conversations about systemic racism across the nation, including in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Cities around the country are facing pressure to reform their policing and take a hard look at systemic racism. Minneapolis announced the intent to defund portions of their police department. Other cities have ended relationships between school systems and the police. 

In North Carolina some cities are moving forward with reform. But what about statewide policies and legislation? Host Anita Rao talks with Jeff Tiberii, WUNC’s capitol bureau chief, about state lawmakers’ response to protests over police violence. He also gives updates on the move to reopen the state in the face of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

 

Josie Taris left her home in Fayetteville in 2014 to study journalism at Northwestern University. There, she took a class called Journalism of Empathy and found her passion in audio storytelling. She hopes every story she produces challenges the audience's preconceptions of the world. After spending the summer of 2018 working in communications for a Chicago nonprofit, she decided to come home to work for the station she grew up listening to. When she's not working, Josie is likely rooting for the Chicago Cubs or petting every dog she passes on the street.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.