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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