State Toughens Rules For Inmates' Home Leaves

The state Department of Public Safety is making it tougher for inmates nearing the end of their sentences to make home visits. But the move falls short of North Carolina prosecutors' request that the governor scrap the program.

In a news release Wednesday, DPS officials said Gov. Pat McCrory approved the changes, which include notifying both the victim and district attorney each time an inmate goes on home leave.

Other changes include barring sex offenders from the program and not allowing inmates serving a life sentence to participate unless they have a parole date.

The Conference of District Attorneys had asked McCrory to end the program, saying it puts public safety at risk and denies justice to victims' families.

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