Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC)

About the Task Force

Governor Cooper established the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) through Executive Order 145 in June 2020.

Led by Attorney General Josh Stein and North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls, the task force convened a wide range of stakeholders including: advocates, elected officials, state and local law enforcement agencies, justice-involved individuals, representatives of the judicial branch and more.

The task force submitted its recommendations on December 14, 2020. Read the final report here, the executive summary here, and the recommendations chart here.

Task Force Members

Prefix Name Occupation
The Honorable Josh Stein Attorney General, State of North Carolina
The Honorable Anita S. Earls Associate Justice, NC Supreme Court
Secretary Eddie Buffaloe Secretary, Department of Public Safety
Sheriff Clarence Birkhead Durham County Sheriff
Ms. Brooke Locklear Clark District Court Judge, Robeson County
The Honorable Alan Thornburg Superior Court Judge, Buncombe County
Mr. James Raeford Woodall Jr.  District Attorney, Prosecutorial District 18 (Chatham and Orange)
The Honorable Mujtaba A. Mohammed NC Senate
Mr. Henderson Hill Senior Counsel, ACLU Capital Punishment Project
Ms. Deborah Dicks Maxwell President, Wilmington NAACP
Mr. Kerwin Pittman Founder, Recidivism Reduction Educational Programs Services
Mrs. Angelica R. Wind Executive Director, OurVoice NC
Chief of Police Gina Hawkins Chief of Police, Fayetteville
Chief of Police Jeffrey Smythe Chief of Police, Burlington
Professor April Dawson Associate Dean and Professor, NC Central University Schol of Law
The Honorable James D. Gailliard NC House of Representatives
The Honorable Ronnie Smith Martin County Commissioner
Mr. Michael Hawkins Transylvania County Commissioner
The Honorable Mitch Colvin Mayor of Fayetteville
Ms. Mary Sheehan Pollard Executive Director of NC Prisoner Legal Services
The Honorable Marcia H. Morey NC House of Representatives
Sergeant Billy Gartin Sergeant, Raleigh Police Department
Ms. Tarrah Callahan Executive Director, Conservatives for Criminal Justice
Mr. Talley Wells Executive Director, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities