Mecklenburg County Jail

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Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael announced Monday that his office is increasing the number of free video visits for friends and family members of inmates.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael on Charlotte Talks with host Mike Collins.
Wendy Herkey / WFAE

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael has announced that he will double the allowed video visits to county jails, saying he is responding to criticism of the pay-to-visit digital model that quickly gets expensive for poor visitors.

Activist Bree Newsome (right) talks with Atlantic staff writer and Charlotte native Vann Newkirk II.
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A wave of police shootings in recent years has left authorities in Charlotte and across the nation searching for ways to rebuild trust. Speakers at a forum uptown Tuesday organized by The Atlantic magazine focused on the city's history of racism and segregation as well as a criminal justice system that they say treats people of color and those with lower incomes unfairly.

John Simmons / Charlotte Observer

A Mecklenburg County jail inmate attempted to escape from jail central two weeks ago.  That's what the sheriff's office said then. But the inmate actually succeeded, albeit, for a very short time before being captured.

Changed Choices Gives One Woman A Second Chance

May 1, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

Nationally, more than a quarter of all women who end up in prison, return to prison. A local nonprofit, Changed Choices, works to change that by providing support to female offenders from when they first enter prison and follows them even after they leave. After nearly a decade of work, only four percent of its clients have returned to prison.