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 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.


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.


Webinar: Wednesday, July 15th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM

“Balancing The Scales: The Injustice of Confederate Monuments in Public Spaces,” presented by NC CRED. Register Now.

Policing and Racial Justice: Where Do We Go from Here?

Watch a recording of the June 29 webinar “Policing and Racial Equality: Where Do We Go From Here?” presented by NC CRED.

Please join us for an important webinar on June 23

Improving The Administration Of Justice By Eliminating Racial Inequality In The Criminal Justice System

NC-CRED Statement on Gov Cooper’s Task Force for Racial Equity

NC CRED looks forward to working with Governor Cooper’s newly established Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. Read our statement here.

Governor Cooper Establishes Task Force to Address Racial Inequity in the State Criminal Justice System

NC CRED among organizations to provide consultation to newly established Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.

Chief Justice Beasley Addresses the Intersection of Justice and Protests around the State

“We must come together to firmly and loudly commit to the declaration that all people are created equal, and we must do more than just speak that truth. We must live it every day in our courtrooms. My pledge to you today is that we will.”

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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
  • Tarrah Callahan – Executive Director, Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform

  • Kami Chavis – Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Justice Program, 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
  • Robert Dowling – Retired Nonprofit Executive
  • 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
  • The Honorable Ashleigh Parker Dunston – District Court Judge, Wake County District Court
  • 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 D. “Butch” Williams – Senior Partner, The Law Offices of James D. Williams, Jr. P.A. 

  • 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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