Report: Public Safety At Risk

A report on North Carolina's probation system suggests that public safety is at risk because the system has either neglected or lost track of thousands of criminals.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that since the start of 2000, 580 people have killed in North Carolina while under the watch of state probation officers. That accounts for 17 percent of all convictions for intentional killings.

Documents and interviews show that probation officers lose contact with the people they are required to supervise.

The report's findings, published on Sunday, said probation leaders have failed to take advantage of technology advances, leaving their officers with no automatic tracking of the people under their supervision. Officers often weren't aware when probationers were arrested on new charges.


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  • by you really dont want to know Location: ENC on Dec 8, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    its easy to blame us in probation, it starts at the top. Not just Theodis Beck or Robert Guy.. The court system and these liberal policies, sentencing guidelines should take some heat too. We are overwhelmed by the number of cases. The expectations are not reasonable because of the high number of cases. the list can go on and on. I'll say this again, in my 12 years I've never lost track of a case. not one out of maybe thousands person/cases that I've dealt with. You, the liberal media, are taking advantage of this and riding this "LETS SHOW PROBATION IN A BAD LIGHT" wave. where were you when Jane Doe and John Smith thanked me for helping them with their treatment? When they tell me that I've helped changed their life for the positive? When I handle and address each and every violation with these liberal judges? Where are you when a judge places a person who doesnt even have a residence, has never had a job, has never successfully completed probation in the past??
  • by You dont want to know... Location: ENC on Dec 8, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    Timothy from washington is 100% right. The state is mainly concerned about saving money and keeping prison population low. I've been a probation professional for 12 years, I've never lost track of a case. the courts overuse us to collect money, we've even had persons on probation for speeding. In Eastern NC, many of our fugitive cases (absconders) are actually persons that are here illegaly. We need laws that would require a person to be legal US and NC citizens before they are placed on probation. the system is not perfect, probation is where the rubber meets the road. this problem actually starts with the court and their liberal judges, sentencing rules and guidelines that they must follow, general statues that do not protect the citizens and are mainly geared to save the state a buck or two. On the probation side, we have inadequate leadership and training, very unreasonable expectations and personnel that are not mentally ready to deal with grown criminals
  • by timothy Location: washington on Dec 8, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    The State is concerned about saving money and not the safety of its citizens. Plus the department heads need to be held accountable and not the overworked under paid officers on the streets. Also, the courts use the probation office as a collection agency which means officers supervise cases they should not be concerned with.
  • by hope Location: NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    This is appalling. What are they going to do about it? Nobody takes accountability for their jobs anymore.
  • by shakeema on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    Lets hope this gets fixed, like, now...........
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    Can you imagine? This doesn't surprise me.
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