Lighter Sentences For Convicted Felons?

Overcrowding and a tight budget could lead to lesser sentences for some convicted felons.

It appears lawmakers may be willing, as early as this week, to make changes that would lower some potential sentences, or keep more second-time offenders on probation.

Legislators are responding to recent warnings about inmate overcrowding, the sticker shock for building new prisons and the state's fiscal crisis.

But many are not in favor of giving repeat felons a break. Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas says, "We'll always have offenders who are violent, we will always have offenders who will not follow probation regardless of what they're ordered to do, and we must have adequate prison space to keep these violent offenders locked up."

The two bills that narrowly passed the senate and have been recommended by a house committee would become the most significant sentencing changes to date if they become law.


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  • by Willie Location: Salibury on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    NC inmates "GOT IT MADE." They are given choices to seek help. I will NEVER understand why a system does not mandate an individual to become accountable for him/her self and their behaviors against another. JUST Why? The system NEEDS ALL programs to become mandatory regardless of the CRIME. NC the JOKES on YOU. Really, it's on YOU.
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Aug 4, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    Kill'em all ...let God sort'em out. They are nothing but worthless violent criminals.
  • by lane Location: g ville on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    keep drug abusers out of prisons and send to rehab. , only house violent criminals and repeat offenders..
  • by John Location: Arkansas on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    "Bring back the work farms, have them grow their own food. Think about the savings that would bring." North Carolina still has several prison work farms, Tyrrell and Dan River are two examples. Many states have prison work farms.
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Just let all of them out, even the death-rowers. I mean, what the hell, we could save even more money....waste it on the education system....where we get the same results....failure.
  • by John Location: Arkansas on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    "We'll always have offenders who are violent, we will always have offenders who will not follow probation regardless of what they're ordered to do, and we must have adequate prison space to keep these violent offenders locked up." Keep the violent offenders locked up. Keep the repeat thieves locked up. Don't worry about drug offenders as much and don't worry as much about people who vioilate terms of suspended sentences or probation unless violations are serious. I know a judge who brags about sending someone to prison for being $35 behind on fine payments. That's stupid. We need to use our limited prison space wisely. On drugs, only imprison drug users for committing thefts and other crimes. Lock dealers up in many cases, but don't waste too much space on them because folks just buy their drugs from someone else when we lock dealers up. Lock a thief up for years and we save maybe hundreds of victims. Lock a dealer up and all deals he would have done are just done by other people.
  • by Kat Location: Asheboro on Aug 4, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Since our probationers cannot be watched 24/7 as our incarcerated population can...I can see more violent crimes on our streets. I think our government is making a big mistake by cutting back on the prisons and increasing the Probation/Parole depts. BIG MISTAKE!!! I'm afraid of our future.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    WOW! what a great idea! its not like convicted felons not already getting off light! i am a leo and for example my department just convicted two REPEAT VIOLENT OFFENDERS of murder and they were on senenced to 50 months. sad. violent offenders should not get out. what comes next probation for homicide
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    Lighter sentences? they get a slap on the wrist now as it is! Bring back the work farms, have them grow their own food. Think about the savings that would bring
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    I agree with MrT, Matt, and Home Slice. If America would wake up and take of their rose colored glasses, and give up on the stupidity that politicians label as tolerance and start treating criminals like criminals then we would have far less of them. WAKE UP AMERICA! Quit voting or those that think your life and rights are worthless.
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