The key areas challenging the criminal justice system and legal establishments across the country are the same ones which are presently challenging the law enforcement and criminal justice systems in Asheville.

Juvenile Offenders

  • In 2008 - 09, 1 in every 179 white youths and 1 in every 34 black youths were charged with a crime (NC Department of Justice).
  • The average age for of first offense for black males is 13.63 years old, while the average age for white males is 14.35.

Death Row

  • Buncombe County convicted nine individuals to death row in 2009. One third of these individuals were black, even though blacks comprised just 7.1% of Buncombe County's population at the time (NC Department of Corrections and 2010 United States Census).
  • In 2010, 82 of 159 individuals on North Carolina's death row were black. 22% named Buncombe County as their county of residence. Black men comprised less than 4% of the county's population (NC Department of Corrections and 2010 United States Census).

Traffic Stops

  • 39% of men stopped by APD are black; 16% of men given citations during a traffic stop are black; 32% of men who are arrested during a traffic stop are black (NC Department of Justice).
  • 21% of women stopped by APD are black; 14% of women given citations during a traffic stop are black; 14% of women who are arrested during a traffic stop are black (NC Department of Justice).

Prison Population