The commissioner of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, David Guice, spoke to the club Wednesday May 24th. Mr. Guice is a member of the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission and the Council of State Governments Justice Center National Board of Directors. He began his career in the Division of Community Corrections where he has now worked for more than 39 years.
Commissioner Guice said prisons have become de facto mental health hospitals. The need for better management and treatment of offenders with mental illness has gained focus. The department has trained over 4000 staff members within adult corrections and most direct-care juvenile justice employees in crisis intervention methods.
NC’s prison and juvenile justice system has had many recent notable accomplishments. The juvenile crime rate has decreased for over six consecutive years while the number of juveniles housed in youth development and juvenile detention centers also decreased significantly. Offenders under the age of 18 who were adjudicated and sentenced to prison as adults are no longer placed in solitary confinement. Instead, They have implemented a program that takes into account the developmental needs of this particular age group.
Mr. Guice’s presentation left a lot of members feeling enthusiastic about the current and future state of our prison system.
Other Club News:
- Boyd Bennett gave his past president’s reflections talk. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/mzLpfBPC5EU.
- The 2017-18 board of directors nominees were introduced by past president Jim Morgan and voted on by the membership. They will be installed into their positions at the banquet on June 28th.
- Awards, etc.