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for Indy Week Vol. 30 Issue 13, March 2013
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Supporters of criminal justice reform are tentatively encouraged by Governor Pat McCrory's annual budget. If his budget is approved, $7.2 million would be allocated to re-opening and funding drug treatment facilities and close five state prisons. Drug treatment centers aim to rehabilitate convicted drug abusers and prepare those convicted to reenter society by offering counseling, GED courses, and job training.
Governor Pat McCrory released his 344 page budget mid-March which denied expansion of Medicaid coverage to state residents. The expansion funded by the federal Affordable Care Act would have helped 500,000 citizens backed by $521 million in federal funding. To counter this the governor approved $755 million in state funds for Medicaid but health care experts believe this is just a stop-gap measure without addressing core problems in the Medicaid system.
Ten million dollars have been included in Gov. Pat McCrory's 2013 budget for survivors of the North Carolina Eugenics Board Program. This program involuntarily sterilized state citizens between 1929 and 1974, 2,944 of those victims expected to be alive today. Of the allocated funds, $50,000 is to be awarded to each victim with remaining money to open a foundation for further counseling.
Last May, hearings began concerning a sexual assault case at between two UNC students. Landen Gambill brought charges against her ex-boyfriend to the UNC Honor System after he physically assaulted her. The article reviews not only this case but other sexual assault cases brought before the UNC Honor Courts and an outline of their rulings and actions in such cases.
Governor Pat McCrory's 2013 budget includes hiring 1,800 new teachers. McCrory supporters believe this is a progressive step in education reform. Skeptics claim 1,800 new teachers is an appeasement and only begin to make-up for the 4,300 teaching positions lost before and during the recession.