The state prison system can be complex, but a professor of UNC's School of Government created an educational graphic novel with illustrations and diagrams that simplify the incarceration process for accused young people entering the system.
James Markham, a professor in the school of government, said he came up with the idea to make the lives of accused individuals, current prisoners and their families easier.
“I think it’s hard for people on their own, and even with the help of a lawyer, it’s hard to look at North Carolina sentencing law and really get a good understanding of what it means,” he said.
Shane Tharrington, an employee in the prison division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety who helped Markham with the book, said it will especially help young offenders.
“A big majority of the offenders we get nowadays, they’re younger, they’re less apt to want to read a narrative about what’s going on with their situation and the idea of a graphic novel, to me, seemed perfect for this new generation of people that are coming into our system in adult correction,” he said.