At some future date, students in North Carolina and nationally immersed in historical details regarding the country's criminal justice system might be flatly perplexed by this huge irony: For decades, the prevalent view that locking people up at progressively higher levels and for increasingly longer prison terms would reduce crime actually spawned the opposite result.
Criminal activity is on the upswing in Charlotte.
One commentator calls it a conversation "the country needs to have."
What's the difference between the penalties imposed for a drunk driving versus a boating-while-impaired (BWI) conviction, respectively, in North Carolina?
Most of us -- that is, our readers across North Carolina and residents from across the country -- know that it is flatly unfair and unfortunate for one-time transgressors of the law who have duly paid their criminal penalty to be adversely adjudged by society permanently thereafter.
The temperature may have been in the upper eighties on Monday, but that doesn't explain the actions of one alleged shoplifter in Rock Hill. According to police, a man with a mighty thirst entered a Quick Trip store around noon and exited with nearly 200 cans of beer without bothering to pay for them.