Choosing wisdom and experience over bluster and demagoguery:
North Carolina’s largest law enforcement association has endorsed former state senator Josh Stein for attorney general.
"Josh Stein has a strong record of making our communities safer and of standing up for law enforcement,” President Randy Byrd said in a statement released Friday. “The North Carolina PBA is proud to put our support behind Josh and to help elect him as our next attorney general. A vote for Josh is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve."
Josh has a deep understanding of issues people like Buck Newton either can't grasp or don't care to. Recidivism is not baked into the genes of criminal offenders, it is a product of environment and a lack of effort on the part of society to figure out what works and what doesn't:
AN ACT to establish the north carolina statewide reentry advisory council.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Part 1 of Article 13 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 143B‑605. North Carolina Statewide Reentry Advisory Council.
(a) The North Carolina Statewide Reentry Advisory Council is established within the Department of Public Safety to provide the Governor, the General Assembly, the Department of Public Safety, other state agencies that serve juvenile and adult offender populations, and the public with accurate and comprehensive information about programs that serve juvenile and adult offender populations upon their reentry into the community, the barriers faced by that population upon reentry, best practices to meet the needs of that population upon reentry, and funding sources for programs and practices that address the needs of that population upon reentry.
(b) The Advisory Council shall:
(1) Identify reentry and transition barriers and develop methods to address them.
(2) Improve collaboration and coordination of reentry and transition services among and between State, local, and nonprofit agencies.
(3) Establish partnerships to promote job creation and development for individuals with criminal backgrounds.
(4) Promote evidence‑based reentry and transition strategies for juveniles and adult offenders.
Of course this bill was immediately buried in committee by GOP leadership, who have always taken a two-dimensional view of crime and punishment. Rehabilitating offenders isn't just about helping an individual who has made bad decisions, it's also (more importantly, you might say) about protecting future victims of crime that don't need to be. This is "big picture" stuff, something Buck Newton just doesn't have the visual acuity to master.