Republican candidate for governor Pat McCrory says North Carolina hasn't been tough enough on crime.
McCrory and Democratic nominee Beverly Perdue took questions
about the criminal justice system, education and other issues Saturday at a forum held at the North Carolina Bar Association's annual meeting in Atlantic Beach.
McCrory, Charlotte's mayor, says the courts have too many backlogged cases and prosecutors aren't making enough money to remain in the public sector.
Lieutenant governor Perdue agrees North Carolina could do a better job.
She says she would work on creating racketeering laws if elected so that habitual felons will stay behind bars longer.
The two candidates met after U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Democratic challenger Kay Hagan held their own forum at the convention.