Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities  

IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

NC CRED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works across professional, political and ideological lines to identify, document, and develop strategies to reduce racial disparities in North Carolina’s juvenile and criminal justice systems. We aspire to be a model for the rest of the nation.

NC CRED brings together a diverse group of more than 30 criminal justice leaders and stakeholders who share a commitment to building a more equitable, effective, and humane criminal justice system throughout the state.

Represented on the Commission are judges from District Court and Superior Court; Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement leaders; District Attorneys, Public Defenders, community advocates, and scholars.

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We’re pursuing innovative, empirically-based solutions to reform the criminal justice system.

 

The Commission envisions a criminal and juvenile justice system that is fair, humane and effective.

FORUM

NC CRED provides a forum for members to become better equipped to address racial disparities collectively and within their respective spheres of influence. 

COLLABORATION

NC CRED serves as a hub of collaboration for a diverse network of criminal justice stakeholders. 

RACIAL JUSTICE CLEARINGHOUSE

NC CRED promotes productive, data-informed discourse on race and justice issues in North Carolina. The clearinghouse works to provide an accessible source of reliable, credible and actionable data, analysis and research on race and criminal justice issues in North Carolina.

TRAININGS AND CONVENINGS

NC CRED works to engage stakeholders across North Carolina with resources and education aimed at equitable system change.

RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, & RECOMMENDATIONS

NC CRED develops and provides data, analysis and recommendations on the racial impact of proposed & current policy as well as research-backed analysis of the drivers and remedies of racial disparities in North Carolina’s criminal justice system.

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WEBINAR

Thursday, May 14
11 AM to 12:30 PM

COVID-19: Implications of the Pandemic within the Criminal Justice System

An interactive, roundtable webinar presented by NC CRED

NC CRED Calls for Removal of Chief Justice Ruffin Portrait and Statue

The North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED) is calling on the North Carolina Supreme Court to remove the life-sized portrait of former Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin inside its courtroom as well as the statue of him outside the entrance to NC Court of Appeals.

ACLU, OTHER GROUPS URGE GOVERNOR COOPER TO PROTECT INCARCERATED PEOPLE & STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

The ACLU of North Carolina, Disability Rights North Carolina, Emancipate NC, Forward Justice, and the National Juvenile Justice Network filed a lawsuit on April 8 seeking emergency action to prevent the deadly spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prisons by reducing the...

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 I agree with US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun: “In order to get beyond racism, we must first take into account race. There is no other way.”

James E. Williams, Jr

Chair, NC CRED

Commission Members

  • Daryl Atkinson – Co-Director, Forward Justice
  • Chris Blue – Chief of Police, Chapel Hill Police Department
  • Kami Chavis – Director of Criminal Justice Program & Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Jim Coleman – Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility; Co-Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Duke University School of Law
  • Emily Coward – Project Attorney, Indigent Defense Education, UNC School of Government
  • Stormie Forte –  Attorney
  • Dennis Gaddy –Executive Director, Community Success Initiative
  • Rick Glazier – Executive Director, NC Justice Center
  • Dionne Gonder-Stanley – Clinical Associate Professor, NC Central University School of Law
  • Jon Guze – Director of Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
  • Thomas Maher –Executive Director, Center for Science & Justice, Duke Law School
  • Jasmine McGhee – Special Deputy Attorney General & Director, Public Protection Section
  • LeAnn Melton –Chief Public Defender, Buncombe County
  • T. James Moore – Former Chief of Police, City of Rocky Mount
  • Marcia Morey – Representative, North Carolina State House
  • Melissa Neal Stein – Senior Research Associate, Policy Research Associates
  • Raul Pinto  – Staff Attorney, NC Justice Center
  • Kristie Puckett-Williams –Statewide Campaign for Smart Justice Manager, ACLU of North Carolina
  • Stephen Raburn – Executive Director, NC CRED
  • Tonza Ruffin – Attorney, Ruffin Law Firm, Halifax, NC
  • Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman – President, NAACP North Carolina
  • Gerda Stein – Director of Public Information, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
  • The Honorable Mary Ann Tally – Superior Court Judge, District 12C
  • Gabe Talton – Staff Attorney, Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
  • The Honorable Louis Trosch, Jr. – Superior Court Judge, District 26
  • The Honorable Gregory A. Weeks – Former Superior Court Judge
  • James E. Williams, Jr. – Former Public Defender, District 15B
  • The Honorable James R. Woodall – District Attorney, Chatham and Orange Counties
  • Eric Zogry – State Juvenile Defender, NC Office of the Juvenile Defender

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