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North Carolina lacks a streamlined, comprehensive, orderly, and principled criminal code. This creates costly inefficiencies in the system, opportunities for unfairness, and undermines the rule of law. We’re working 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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