Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities  


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 +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, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals; 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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


Upcoming Events

Here are several opportunities to join members of the Commission to discuss critical topics: PHILOSOPHY, PRISONS, AND THE SEARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MARCH 20-21, 2020 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL The fourth annual symposium in honor of distinguished UNC...

NC CRED Board Chair James Williams receives the prestigious James McNeill Smith Jr. Award

NC CRED co-founder and Board Chair, James Williams, received the prestigious James McNeill Smith Jr. Award today at the North Carolina Bar Association. The award recognizes Mr. Williams for his tireless work in the promotion of constitutional rights and the rule of...

Raise the Age Initiative Officially Becomes NC Law

Effective Dec. 1, 2019, 16 and 17 year old individuals who commit crimes in North Carolina are no longer automatically charged in the adult criminal justice system. NC CRED has been committed to addressing the harm caused by the disproportionate number of young people...

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“If I can convince people who ordinarily ignore the criminal justice system that continuing to do so is a threat to all of us, I feel I have advanced justice.”

Jim Coleman

Duke Law Professor

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 –Ombudsman, NC Department of Justice
  • Lorrin Freeman – District Attorney, Wake County
  • 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
  • James Moore – Former Chief of Police, City of Rocky Mount
  • 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
  • Gerda Stein – Director of Public Information, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
  • Christopher Swecker –Chairman of the Board, Governor’s Crime Commission
  • 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
  •  Jim Woodall – District Attorney, Chatham and Orange Counties
  • Eric Zogry – State Juvenile Defender, NC Office of the Juvenile Defender

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