The governor’s new task force on racial equity in criminal justice held its first meeting recently via Zoom. The group is charged with finding solutions to racial disparities in North Carolina’s criminal justice system, according to WUNC.
Governor Cooper asked the task force to submit recommendations by December 1 so they are able to be considered in the next legislative session.
“I want this task force not just to be thinking about the recommendations, I want you to think about the implementation of those recommendations,” Cooper told the meeting.
The task force consists of various members, including lawmakers, law enforcement, activists and statewide officials.
State Senator Mujtaba Mohammed added that reform should come in various forms, pointing to “Raise the Age” legislation that the legislature passed earlier this year.
“We need to stop criminalizing poverty, and [countless] fines and fees,” he said. “I believe that we need to do everything we can to genuinely build people in this country and the state instead of building prisons.”
Read the full story on the task force’s first meeting from WUNC.