The Newsroom: District Attorney Ben David and Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening on juvenile justice
On the latest edition of The Newsroom, an in-depth conversation with District Attorney Ben David and Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening. We discuss changing philosophical approaches to juvenile justice and changes to North Carolina's laws — plus, what could be in store now that New Hanover County has agreed to tap $350 million in hospital sale funds.
On Monday, August 30, gunshots rang out in a crowded hallway at New Hanover High School. One student was badly injured and another was arrested, charged with serious felonies, including attempted first-degree murder.
It's not clear yet if the young man will be charged as an adult — a decision that will be made during a special hearing in the near future. The outcome of that decision will, no doubt, have life-altering consequences.
In cases like this, the courts have a difficult balance to maintain. On the one hand, they have to take seriously the crimes being committed — and the victims to whom they do harm. But, at the same time, they must acknowledge that many children and young adults who enter the criminal justice system never truly find their way out.
Links for this episode:
- Updated: One wounded in shooting at New Hanover High School, one suspect arrested (WHQR)
- Port City Politics: Week of August 30 (recap of the shooting from WECT and WHQR)
- New Hanover's county manager can now tap into $350 million for school safety. How will that actually work? (WHQR)
- Summit on school safety focuses on prevention, collaboration (WHQR, 2013)
- Wilmington’s LINC Inc., applies the ‘law of the farm’ to post-prison life (Port City Daily)
- Frankie Roberts - LINC
- Voyage of Wilmington
- StepUp Wilmington
Bull City United (Durham, NC initiative to combat community violence)