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.

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