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 Erik Ramsey (right) and his stepbrother Austin Holland (left) in Austin’s home
Dana Miller Ervin
The vast majority of violent crimes aren't committed by people living with mental illness. But when people struggling with mental illness are charged with violent crimes, it poses a dilemma. When a defendant receives treatment and improves while awaiting trial in custody, prosecutors must decide whether they'll ask for a prison sentence or allow defendants to be released to the community with no guarantee they'll continue their care.
The mental health care system in North Carolina has been failing for years. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than those who get caught up in the criminal justice system, out of sight, therefore out of mind for the general public and policymakers. Fractured explores this failing system.
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    We hear from four artists about the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience in Charlotte, and how they express that experience through their art.
  •  The cast of the national tour of "1776".
    Blumenthal Arts
    A new take on "1776". It's the story of the debate in the Continental Congress over the Declaration of Independence and contains surprises, even if you think you know American history. This version, opening Tuesday at the Belk, turns casting upside down, which shifts the perspective of the arguments and the results.
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