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A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyMore >>
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.More >>
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31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:43:52 GMT
Monday marks one month since a popular Newton teacher was found dead inside her apartment and investigators were back out at her apartment over the weekend for several hours. According to neighbors, policeMore >>
Neighbors say they saw several officers going in and out of a unit at the complex for several hours. The unit is in a different building from Maggie Daniels' apartment.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:11:51 GMT
A homicide investigation is underway in Anson County after someone was found dead early Monday morning. WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52. ThisMore >>
WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52.More >>
Mecklenburg County Judge Theo Nixon said the survey results pleasantly surprised him. "So many people have really turned around on the issue of incarceration and rehabilitation, with more focus on trying to fix the problem," he said.
Nixon is a former defense attorney who now works closely with treatment courts in Mecklenburg County. They are often on the chopping block when it comes to state funding, but Nixon says Drug Treatment Court, DWI Court, and Mental Health Court really work.
He says they're cheaper than paying $110 a day to house someone in jail.
Not everyone supports the survey results. Neighborhood leader and Court Watch founder, Marcus Philemon calls the survey "smoke and mirrors."
He says it was flawed from the beginning because respondents were asked vague criminal justice questions. He also pointed to a sample size of 500 in a community of more than 900,000 people.
"The system already gives people second chances," said Philemon. He said if a respondent was told a burglar who broke into their home would only receive probation, the results may have been different.
"I think the survey results reflect what many scholars have been thinking and what social justice advocates have been thinking for a while," said Dr. Ebonie Cunningham Stringer with Wingate University referring to the cost of incarceration and high rate of recidivism.
She said the survey will only have true impact on policy and funding, if lawmakers listen.
Cunningham Stringer said society also seems to be turning from a "tough on crime era," which she said can be cyclical.