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ACLU Pushes Mandate

ACLUThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina sent letters yesterday to 23 sheriff’s departments across the state who to date have failed to produce documents that show they are complying with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act . Among the mandates for jails and detention centers is a requirement that inmates under the age of 18 be housed separately from adults – a chief concern in North Carolina, where 16 and 17 year olds are treated as adults by the criminal justice system. The ACLU-NC sent letters to North Carolina sheriffs on January 16, 2014, asking for policies and documents related to their compliance and offering assistance in preparing proper guidelines for the treatment of youthful offenders in custody. Of those offices that responded by April 1, 23 said they had no documentation about the compliance, prompting yesterday’s follow-up letter. Among the 23 counties in North Carolina who received a follow-up letter were Haywood and Swain county.

Franklin Mayor & Bryson City Alderwoman Not Seeking Another Term

In a story related to yesterdays news report on the retirement of Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody, Franklin’s mayor Joe Collins will also be stepping down after a ten-year stint in his Mayoral position. When asked about his decision, Mayor Collins had this to say; “It’s time to step aside and allow someone else the privilege and honor to serve as mayor”. During Mayor Collins’ tenure Franklin built a new state of the art police station, a new public works facility, and a new town hall on main street. Mayor Collins also oversaw the addition of full-time town staff such as the Town Manager, Town Planner, and Human Resources Officer. In Swain County, Bryson City Alderwoman Stephanie Treadway has also declared that she will not seek re-election. Alderwoman Treadway cited acquiring a new job, and said she would not be able to give the time and attention being and Alderwoman would require. Treadway is the finance director for the Cherokee Boy’s Club. In all of these vacated seats, candidates seeking to run for office could begin filing as soon as July the 5th.