Tag:law enforcement

  • U.S. steps up use of civil asset forfeiture, which is illegal in N.C.

    It soon will be easier for the feds to take your property, even if you’re not convicted of a crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that federal law officials will expand civil asset forfeiture, meaning they can more easily take your property without pressing criminal charges or following state laws. Civil asset forfeiture laws are the…

  • Lawmakers back bipartisan measures linked to law enforcement, community relations

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 737: Amid partisan fights on Jones Street, N.C. lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on some issues. Among them is an effort to improve relationships between local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. During a recent news conference, legislators from both sides…

  • State to Expand DNA Registry

    RALEIGH—Fingerprints are no longer enough for North Carolina law authorities. Neither is a database containing the DNA of those convicted of violent crimes. Legislation enacted this year by the General Assembly, seeks to expand the state’s DNA registry to include DNA samples of all felons and those convicted of “certain…

  • State Sours on Private Prisons

    RALEIGH — The biennial state budget signed June 30 by Gov. Mike Easley provided for the construction of three prisons in North Carolina. In addition, the General Assembly authorized the state to purchase what once was its only two significant private prisons from Correctional Properties Trust, the company that owns…