Long-Term Incarceration Team
The Long-Term Incarceration Team staffs The Just Sentencing Project (JSP). The JSP is a criminal post-conviction project at NCPLS. We use data, advocacy, and litigation to reduce long-term incarceration in North Carolina prisons. We also collaborate with law schools and criminal defense attorneys to provide legal services to those not otherwise entitled to them.
The NC Department of Public Safety makes an enormous amount of data on convictions and incarceration publicly available. Using this data, we have been able to identify everyone in North Carolina who is serving a term of in excess of 20 years. We then use this data to identify clients and advocate or litigate for them as necessary.
Our litigation consists of motions for appropriate relief (MARs) and challenges in state and federal courts to the NC parole regime. We also advocate for those incarcerated for long terms through direct parole representation, a Juvenile Parole Project (in conjunction with UNC Law), and a clemency project (in conjunction with Duke Law).