Jabari Holmes is 42 years old and lives in Wendell, North Carolina. He was born with severe cerebral palsy that has confined him to a wheelchair. He lives with his 82-year-old father and 69-year-old mother. Jabari’s medical condition requires full-time care, prevents him from driving, and makes it difficult for him to travel at all.
Paul Kearney is a resident of Warrenton, North Carolina. Paul lives in a tight-knit community where everyone knows each other on a first-name basis. His family has been in the community for four generations. Paul is an army veteran, and after his father passed away he took on the responsibility of taking care of the […]
Jaden Peay is a sophomore at North Carolina Central University. Jaden chose to major in political science because he’s passionate about voting and participating in the political system. Jaden wants to go to law school, eventually become a judge, and work to make the criminal justice system more equitable for everyone. Jaden grew up in […]
Richard was raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and has spent most of his adult life working in both New York and North Carolina. A few years ago Richard came back home to North Carolina for good to take care of his father, who was in declining health, and to take over the family laundry […]
Noah is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Noah is from Vermont but moved with his family to Carrboro, North Carolina in 2014. Noah is majoring in computer science and mathematics. Noah has invested in his new community by staying informed and engaged in North Carolina politics. Unfortunately, he has […]
Mina is a voting rights community organizer living in Durham, North Carolina. Originally from Georgia, Mina attended college at Duke University. After graduating in 2017, she stayed in North Carolina to work, managing a team that registers young people to vote. Mina believes voting is essential to our democracy and that our electoral process should […]
Daniel Earl Smith has lived in Concord, North Carolina for five years now, and has been a regular voter ever since moving to the state from Pennsylvania. He runs his own courier and delivery business. Daniel has five children ranging from ages thirteen to twenty-three. Daniel’s wife is the member of the family that keeps […]
Fred Culp is a 78 year-old resident of Waxhaw, North Carolina. He is originally from South Carolina but has lived in North Carolina for the last 45 years. He prides himself on being the best grandpa in the world. He vividly remembers growing up in the segregated South, having to enter the side doors of restaurants […]
Terence is a 28-year-old resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. He moved to North Carolina from Mississippi to attend Shaw University. Terence was a student-athlete and a Computer Information Systems major. After college, he moved to Charlotte to take advantage of a job opportunity. Terence still lives and works in Charlotte and has decided to make […]
North Carolina recently ended its practice of charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. We are working on changing this reality. This YouTube playlist was created for our Raise the Age Advocacy Day. For more information on what you can do to #RaisetheAge, visit raisetheagenc.org.
Karen Simon, former Director of Inmate Programs-Mecklenburg County, talks about the struggles 16 and 17-year-old youth faced while being held in solitary confinement in a North Carolina county adult jail. On June 15, 2016, during post-production of this interview, the North Carolina state prison system ended the practice of solitary confinement for its youngest, incarcerated […]
David Brannon, an attorney in Wake County who advocates for juveniles, talks about the systemic issues with the juvenile justice system and recommends solutions.
Sharif Deveaux, an assistant public defender at the Wake County Public Defenders Office, talks about his experience defending juveniles and the stigmas and consequences associated with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.