Perdue: $28 Million To Reform Probation System

Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to spend $28 million over the next two years to help reform the state's probation system.

Perdue said Friday she wants to hire 117 probation and parole officers and raise their pay. She said 29 more supervisors also are needed.

Perdue wants to allow officers access to juvenile records and expand warrantless searches. A Web site will allow citizens to alert authorities if they see probation and parole violators.

The governor discussed her plans during a trip to Asheville. She said the recommendations follow a review by a federal agency.

Probation problems were highlighted last year after two men on probation were charged in the murder of Eve Carson, the former student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 14, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    "...have already convicted the accused." My apology.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 14, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Let me guess, "Eve's Law", right? The media and a majority white public frothing at the mouth for justice has already convicted the accused. There is no way they will be able to get a fair trial. I realize that Carson practically walked on water, but the last thing we need is for her to be turned into a martyr for crime victims and fodder for someone's own political ambitions.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    "Expand warrantless searches"? Does this not sound remarkably similar to a communistic police state? If Beverly Perdue is using the horrible tragedy involving the UNC student, is she then admitting state government liability? Murderers continue to murder unless they are removed from society.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    The problems with Probation and Parole are no more than you would find in any other State Agency. This is a media driven lynching of the Probation and Parole system. No amount of supervision short of incarceration could have ensured these two criminals did not commit another crime. The murder of Eve Carson is a tragedy, but let’s put the blame on those responsible, namely the two degenerates who actually committed the murder and stop making excuses for them.

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