Probation Problems

North Carolina leaders say the state's probation system needs immediate attention to correct persistent problems.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Gov.-elect Bev Purdue said the state's probation system needs repair. Purdue says she's concerned about probation officers who have large caseloads.

State Senate leader Marc Basnight says the system has failed. The Dare County Democrat says he's surprised that 118 vacant probation jobs haven't been filled.

The News & Observer reported this week that the system lost track of nearly 14,000 criminals it was supposed to supervise.


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  • by me again Location: Ayden on Dec 13, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    I'm a retired USMC Master Sergeant, been with Probation now 6 years and I'd tell you that probation is a joke here to begin with. I can go to Camp LeJuene right now and find a 24 year old E5 Sergeant that would do a better job and offer more effective leadership.
  • by you dnt want to know Location: ENC on Dec 13, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    The parent agency of Community Corrections is the Department of correction. The DOC is mainly and solely interested in one thing only:Keeping prison population down. Policies are geared to flood the system with persons on probation and keep prisons low.probation and parole needs to be under the Dept of Public Safety. Also the Parole Commission needs to be independent of the DOC.Their decisions are mainly based on prison population too. If you think the DOC is here to serve and protect the public...you are dead wrong. Money, money and money at all cost. Also keep in mind, we have liberal general statues to go along with liberal judges. There are persons placed on supervised probation here that in most states would be serving many, many years of mandatory incarceration. We have tens of thousands of illegal aliens on probation. We need laws that would require a convicted person to have to be a lawful US/NC citizen before she/he is placed on probation.
  • by Jr on Dec 12, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    I do have experience working there, and I can tell you that if Robert Guy and his cronies are not terminated, nothing will change. All he has ever cared about is collecting money and what makes himself look good...nothing more, nothing less. There are good people working there, but they must follow what they are told to do by the powers that be.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    I have no first hand experiance working for Probation and Parole, but I know several Correctional Officers who have transferred. Many of them have returned to working in the prisons even though it meant a pretty good pay cut.
  • by Timothy Location: Washington, NC on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    The political "hacks" at the top of the Probation/Parole foodchain need to be fired. Also, the public needs to know that the number 1 goal of The NCDOC is to save money and not protect the public.
  • by watching on Dec 12, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    Basnight=BS. He's the one who failed. He should have known what was going on and done something about it long ago. He's been told of other things and did nothing also. Why doesn't he just do his job and this kind of stuff would not be happening
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