According to John Medlin, by the 1970s, the number of felony level criminal convictions and domestic violence reports had skyrocketed in tandem with a population explosion. This left lawmakers and citizens speculating that NC’s Judicial System, without in depth reevaluation since the 1950s, was overdue for a much needed overhaul. In fact, a survey conducted in 1996, part of the Bell Commission, confirmed that the worsening social conditions had not only soured many people’s view of society. It had also soured their view of how the court system was handling—or rather, improperly handling—the crisis. Timely then were suggestions made by the Bell Commission that may bring Tar Heel justice closer to ideal.