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Durham to governor: More funding needed to fight crime

Posted May 23, 2008

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— Durham leaders have sent a letter to Gov. Mike Easley telling him he is not investing enough funding in crime control.

On behalf of the Durham Crime Cabinet, City Councilman Eugene Brown and Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow signed off on the letter, which says the city is in dire need for technology and data sharing so law enforcement agencies across the state can know the same information.

"Our state is putting its citizens in harm's way," Brown said.

Unless there's more funding, leaders say the state can expect more violent crimes, such as the March 5 death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson.

The two men charged in Carson's death have long criminal histories and, according to some, are prime examples of what's wrong with the state's criminal justice system.

"These two gentleman didn't fall through the cracks, they fell through the Grand Canyon because no one knew where they were," Brown said.

But Brown said it's not only a local problem but a statewide issue. He said North Carolina ranks third from the bottom in funding for state criminal justice systems.

"It has to be properly funded. No more empty promises. It's needed now. It was needed five years ago," Brown said. "When you look at what other states are doing with their technology, I mean, we're embarrassingly far behind."

Renee Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Easley requested more than $11 million in the past few years for such technology issues.

Concerns, such as those in the letter, should be addressed to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Hoffman said.

"The governor, as head of the Executive Branch, has no role in determining funding or management priorities of matters within the Judicial Branch," she said.

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  • Just the facts mam May 26, 2008

    It is good to see that some leaders in Durham recognize there is a crime problem there. Although crime is committed everywhere, Durham has more than its fair share, when compared to other local communities. A first step to dealing with it is to recognize and admit there is a problem rather than saying there is crime everywhere, as many people from Durham are fast to point out. Too bad more Durham leaders do not publicly admit to the problem and work more to get it resolved...

  • thinkfirsttypelater May 23, 2008

    Headline should read: "...more money needed to line pockets"

  • colliedave May 23, 2008

    Just create camps similar to those that house our soldier in Iraq. Give them the same MREs. Fence it in with concertina wire and surround it with armed guards. Give them the same cold showers. But some whiny ALCU lawyer who resembles Henry Waxman is bound to file a lawsuit.

  • coolwill May 23, 2008

    This governor is so busy spending money to aid illegal aliens he don't care what is happening in theses cities, he has been bought by special interest groups. And Durham if you continue to be a sanctuary city for illegal alien, I don’t think that the tax payers should give you a dime, oh that goes for Raleigh also. This state fight crime? Illegal immigration is a crime, the hiring of illegal aliens is a crime, the harboring of illegal aliens is a crime, most of all of north Carolina leders need to be lock up and replace by law abiding US citizens.

  • dont bother me May 23, 2008

    denverbob234: have you ever thought that the cops at the gas giveaway were moonlighting because Durham does not pay their officers enough. Plus I doubt that the city would allow officers to do that on-duty.

  • dont bother me May 23, 2008

    "If they had a crime problem, they would not have the time to give to a private company's promotion, unless they have their priorities mixed up" denverbob234 have you ever thought that the cops at the gas giveaway were moonlighting because Durham does not pay their officers enough. Plus I doubt that the city would allow officers to do that on-duty.

  • Hmmmmmm May 23, 2008

    So the police were there and you complain. If the police were not there and things got out of hand, guess what.. correct.

  • denverbob234 May 23, 2008

    All the crime in Durham has been solved. They even have enough officers to regulate traffic at a gas give away. If they had a crime problem, they would not have the time to give to a private company's promotion, unless they have their priorities mixed up. Strange, a government entity with mixed up priorities???????