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North Carolina’s lack of a streamlined, comprehensive, and orderly criminal code creates costly system inefficiencies, potential for unfairness, and risk of undermining the rule of law. We’re helping stakeholders as they work on solutions.


Interested in implementing reforms? We work with stakeholders to develop consensus solutions. Learn about our reform projects and proposals.

Yes, It’s a Crime:

Allowing chickens and other domestic fowl to be at large in town (Ahoskie, NC)

Begging (multiple ordinances)

Sleeping in public parks (multiple ordinances)

Permitting “any bitch . . . to run at large during the erotic stage of copulation” (statewide)

Using silly strings within city limits (Mount Airy, NC)

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