Graphic courtesy of James Markham

UNC professors create graphic book to help simplify the prison system

"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,” said Shane Tharrington, North Carolina Department of Public Safety employee who helped with the book. 

The state prison system can be complex, but a professor in UNC's School of Government created an educational graphic novel featuring illustrations and diagrams to simplify the incarceration process for accused young people entering the system.

UNC School of Government

The UNC School of Government works to improve the lives of North Carolinians by studying state and local governments. It is the largest university-based local government training, advisory and research organization in the United States. It serves more than 12,000 local officials through courses, webinars and conferences each year. It was established as the Institute of Government in 1931.

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Chapel Hill to make cuts using priority budget

After experiencing its first-ever deficit last year, Chapel Hill is trying a new method to allocate its $51 million 2012-2013 budget — and officials say the system will give residents more say than ever before. This is the first year the town will use priority budgeting, which adjusts department budgets individually rather than making uniform, across-the-board cuts.

	In 1931, UNC students washed dishes in the school dining halls for 25 cents per hour during the Great Depression to help pay for tuition. Photo courtesy of The North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina library at Chapel Hill.

John Sanders discusses strategies for NC budget cuts

Former UNC School of Government Director John Sanders, who also helped reorganize and revise the state’s constitution in 1968, studied documents from the 1930s and reported on the state’s handling of extreme budget cuts.Sanders said legislators could use the strategies used by legislators during the Depression in determining cuts this year.

Credit union teams up with School of Government for initiatves

The UNC School of Government is teaming up with the Local Government Federal Credit Union to help economically distressed communities across the state.The credit union, which is a non-profit financial cooperative, has pledged to fund two initiatives to help local governments across North Carolina — giving $1 million to the first project and $625,000 to the other.