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Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC)

About

Established by Governor Roy Cooper in June 2020, Attorney General Josh Stein and NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls are leading the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC), which consists of twenty-four members from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Task Force’s work will focus on addressing existing policies and procedures that disproportionately affect communities of color and developing solutions to ensure racial equity in North Carolina’s criminal justice system. The Task Force will submit its recommendations on or before December 1, 2020.

For more information please click here.

Policy Recommendations

  • The Task Force recommends that all North Carolina law enforcement agencies enact a policy articulating a duty to intervene and report in any case where a law enforcement officer may be a witness to what they know to be an excessive use of force or other abuse of a suspect or arrestee.
  • The Task Force recommends that all North Carolina law enforcement agencies enact a Use of Force policy that, at a minimum, prohibits neck holds.  Law enforcement agencies should consider using the sample policy language below.
    • Sample Policy Language “NECK HOLDS PROHIBITED. Law enforcement officers shall not use chokeholds, strangleholds, Lateral Vascular Neck Restraints, Carotid Restraints, chest compressions, or any other tactics that restrict oxygen or blood flow to the head or neck unless necessary to protect the life of the officer.”
  • The Task Force recommends that the North Carolina Supreme Court enact a General Rule of Practice, which would require an assessment of a defendant’s ability to pay prior to the levying of any fines and fees.
  • The Task Force recommends that the Administrative Office of the Courts include information on race in its data reporting.
  • The Task Force recommends that the Administrative Office of the Courts require racial equity training for court system personnel.

Feedback

Guided by your feedback, the Task Force will develop and help implement solutions to eliminate disparate outcomes in the criminal justice system for communities of color. Use this form to provide feedback for the Task Force.

Information provided on the form is NOT confidential and may be disclosed under North Carolina public records law. To view feedback that has been submitted, click here.

TREC Public Feedback Form

Transparent Meetings

The Task Force is committed to transparency and hearing your feedback on the important issues that will be discussed in the coming months. All Task Force meetings will be available for the public to view, and additional materials presented in meetings will be available on this webpage. A schedule of meetings is in the table below and also here.

For a list of members and their contact information, please  click here.

For a list of experts assisting Task Force members, please click here.

The Task Force has also retained Data consultants to assist with policy recommendations. You can access information on the Data team here.

For a compilation of Task Force email correspondence, please click here.

Meeting Schedule

Date & TimeInformationMeeting FilesPolicy Recommendations 
Friday, July 10
10:00AM
Full Task Force Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Ellen Spolar (espolar@ncdoj.gov)
Meeting Schedule

Meeting Slides

Meeting Minutes
Friday, July 24
10:00AM
Full Task Force Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Ellen Spolar (espolar@ncdoj.gov)
Meeting Agenda

Justice Earls & AG Stein Presentation

Kami Chavis & Jessie Smith Presentation

NCCJ Presentation
Initial Recommendations
Tuesday, July 28
10:00AM
Public Comment Session

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Monday, August 3
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, August 4
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting


Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, August 5
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 6
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Friday, August 7
10:00 AM
Listening Session - Triad

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Monday, August 10
10:00 AM
Listening Session - Charlotte

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Monday, August 10
1:00 PM
Listening Session - Western

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Thursday, August 13
10:00 AM
Listening Session - Coastal

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Thursday, August 13
1:00 PM
Listening Session - Eastern

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Friday, August 14
10:00 AM
Listening Session - Central

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Monday, August 17
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, August 18
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, August 19
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 20
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, August 25
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 MeetingMeeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes


Friday, August 28
10:00 AM
Full Task Force Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Ellen Spolar (espolar@ncdoj.gov)
Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, September 1
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda
Thursday, September 3
6:00 PM
Public Comment Session

Members of the public can access a recording of the session here.
Tuesday, September 8
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, September 8
2:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Wednesday, September 9
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting here.
Thursday, September 10
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 MeetingMeeting Agenda
Monday, September 14
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting
Tuesday, September 15
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting
Wednesday, September 16
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting
Thursday, September 17
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 Meeting
Tuesday, September 22
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting
Tuesday, September 29
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting
Tuesday, September 29
9:30 AM
Working Group #2 Meeting
Wednesday, September 30
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting
Thursday, October 1
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 Meeting
Friday, October 9
10:00 AM
Full Task Force Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting live on - youtube.com/NCAGO.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Ellen Spolar (espolar@ncdoj.gov)
Tuesday, October 13
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting
Friday, October 16
10:00 AM
Public Comment Session

To sign up to speak, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4BAAA628A1FA7-public2

After you sign up, you will receive a zoom link to log-on and participate.

Wednesday, October 21
1:30 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting
Tuesday, October 27
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting
Friday, November 6
10:00 AM
Full Task Force Meeting

Members of the public can access the meeting live on - youtube.com/NCAGO.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Ellen Spolar (espolar@ncdoj.gov)
Monday, November 9
1:00 PM
Working Group #2 Meeting
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 AM
Working Group #4 Meeting
Tuesday, November 10
4:00 PM
Working Group #3 Meeting
Thursday, November 12
10:00 AM
Working Group #1 Meeting