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DOC to use SBI database to trace parolees, probationers

Posted May 1, 2008

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— Officials said the state Department of Correction is working to tap into an SBI database to let law enforcement across the state track offenders on probation and parole.

The State Bureau of Investigation’s Division of Criminal Information system distributes information on criminals, sex offenders and missing persons to law enforcement officers and court officials throughout the state.

DOC could use the SBI's information system to make information about criminals who are on probation, parole and post-release supervision available to law enforcement across the state as soon as it is entered into the DCI system.

“This system would also alert probation officers to the fact that one of their people may be violating probation requirements," state Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a news release issued Thursday.

"It adds thousands of eyes and ears to the probation officer’s enforcement efforts and lets them make an arrest when they know someone has done wrong.”

DOC officials said they first learned the SBI database can accept information from DOC at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

"We told them on Wednesday that we could do this, would be pleased to do it and have started working toward that end," George Dudley, a DOC public-affairs officer, said.

The effort comes about a month after the DOC's Division of Community Corrections found a number of failures and oversights in the supervision of two men charged in the death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson.

Earlier, DOC officials had said that although the department stored information about criminals on probation and parole, there was no centralized system to track offenders.

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  • Dayum Sessy May 2, 2008

    microchip them like dogs!

  • Tired Of Excuses May 2, 2008

    It's about time. You'd think that something like this would have been in place already. I guess the killing of Eve Carson sparked it huh? Interesting how the killing of the Duke Grad student didn't until after the fact. NC should be ashamed.

  • colliedave May 2, 2008

    Since NC abolished parole some years ago, the number of parolees should go away enabling the system to deal with probabtioners.

    At a trial, the judge should have a laptop with a real-time connection to the DOC web-site, that way the judge can see what type of priors of that individual before pronouncing sentence.

    If a person is on probation for a gun related or violent crime having that person wear a GPS device 24/7 should be mandatory. The ALCU would have a hissy-fit, but who gives a rat's rear what they think?

  • TheAdmiral May 2, 2008

    Interesting... very interesting.... this shows that the government is still not on pace to fix themselves - it has to be done legally.

  • ghostwriter May 2, 2008

    Ths system is not new to DOC, it might be new to probation and parole officers, but not to doc.

  • St Ives May 2, 2008

    Great idea....Wonder why it took two murders to made it happen!

  • Steve Crisp May 1, 2008

    To codeblue:

    "The "system" isn't broken. Incompetence is the problem."

    Yes, the incompetence is indeed endemic, but the system is also broken, perhaps beyond repair unless we tear it comletely down and start all over. Let me give you an example.

    I have a friend of mine who had to go to Iredall County court to testify in a criminal case on Tuesday. On the docket that day alone there were over 400 trials scheduled. That's FOUR HUNDRED, not a typo. Granted, many of them would be pleas of guilty or charges dismissed, but a whole slew of them needed to be heard, including one in which a law enforcement officer was charged with something.

    That's 400 cases in one courtroom for one day. Dozens of cases along with who knows how many witnesses had to be rescheduled. But reschedled to what? Yet another day where hundreds of cases were piled up? An overwhelmed DA is forced to cut deals, drop charges, and let people walk.

    That's the definition of broken.

  • AtALost May 1, 2008

    They still need to clean house. DOC knew they were not keeping adequate tabs on parolees. If they didn't know, the problems are even bigger than they say. Someone should have said or done something long before now. This is just an attempt to get the focus off of this issue.

  • CSMs Alter Ego May 1, 2008

    It's 2008, I'm amazed that there isn't some sort of system in place already. I know when someone is on probation simply by going to the internet. I can also use the net to look up pending charges on people. If it's that simple for someone on the street they should have already had something in place for probation officers.

  • SomeRandomGuy May 1, 2008

    WHAT?? They weren't doing this already???

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