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Nearly 1,000 positions cut from state corrections

Posted August 19, 2009
Updated August 20, 2009

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— The North Carolina Department of Correction will eliminate 972 positions and close seven of the state's 79 prisons, leaving other facilities to absorb hundreds of inmates, because of state funding.

"That's a net loss of about 500 positions for us and a big effect in the counties where those seven prisons are," DOC spokesman Keith Acree said.

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The General Assembly actually increased the department's $1.3 billion annual budget by $10.8 million, Acree said, by improving funding to areas that have been traditionally underfunded. That includes ongoing expenses, such as inmate medical costs, utilities and overtime pay.

The prison closures affect nearly 950 inmates and begin Sept. 1, with Wilmington Residential Facility for Women, Acree said. Correctional centers in Cleveland, Gates, Granville, Guilford and Union counties will close by Dec. 1.  McCain Correctional Hospital in Hoke County will close April 1.

Acree said they are still working to determine where the prisoners would be relocated.

Also unclear is how many positions in each of the DOC's divisions will be cut.  Officials still have to determine where 100 positions will be eliminated. The majority, Acree said, will come from the Division of Prisons.

The Department of Correction is also merging 14 judicial districts, bringing the number from 45 to 31, which means some top probation managers will lose jobs.

"It's something we've looked at for the last couple of months and are looking at it to try and carry out what the Legislature has instructed us to do," said Tim Moose, director of the state Division of Community Corrections, which oversees the parole-probation system.

DOC officials said the impact on public safety will be minimal. The department is actually adding 18 chief probation officers.

"We think it is going to be OK," Acree said. "It doesn't reduce the number of officers on the street supervising offenders. It just reduces the number of people in the management structure."

The DOC is one of the state's top employers with approximately 20,000 employees.


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  • shep8851 Aug 21, 2009

    Have to wonder how many of those 1,000 positions can/could be saved if the state stopped spending $1.3 Billion per year to support and educate illegal aliens.?

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Aug 20, 2009

    Start executing prisoners on death row and eliminate the need to supervise them.

  • affirmativediversity Aug 20, 2009

    How about John Edwards "Think Tank on Poverty" (now run by someone, funny enough, with the last name Hagen)...has that been cut from UNC's budget?

  • affirmativediversity Aug 20, 2009

    Did the cut any of those cush "International Liaison" jobs at the NC Secretary of State Office?

    How about Spanish Translators, any of them cut?

    How about some of the Administrators once removed to the Administrators over at the Department of Education, are they cut?

  • Professor Aug 20, 2009

    NC certainly needs to get some jobs in their state, city and county. But all I see is more closing everywhere. What is the un-employed going to do?

  • Con Amor luvs u regardless Aug 20, 2009

    """DOC officials said the impact on public safety will be minimal. The department is actually adding 18 chief probation officers."""...........Oh yeah!!! We gona feel SO much safer because more criminals will be out on PROBATION instead of locked up!!!

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Aug 20, 2009

    It's not creating an over-crowded and over-burdened ER. It's taking us longer to unload our patients who are sick to a bed that's full with someone who has a cold. And while we're waiting to unload our sick patient... your mother is having a heart attack and that ambulance we had to cut can't get to her. Sorry Bev... it's what YOU wanted. We done like YOU asked and everyone has to suffer for YOUR decisions. Thanks, I appreciate it. You're taking the "fun" out of my job. You're over-working me to staff those two ambulances that were cut. And Obama is burning me out with the healthcare shift. I am digging deeper and deeper to find out why I loved my job to begin with. But changing jobs isn't an option, you're cutting them everyday. Get out of office please, let us get back to the way things once were.

  • Myra Aug 20, 2009

    Fed-up29 --- Incarcerated criminals are the only ones in the USA who have a Constitutional Right to full Health and Medical Care. They also have free room and board; free education, free lawyers, etc. It is a crime to use the Sex Offender website to harass, intimidate, or threaten a convicted child sex offender. Way to go Roy T. Cooper !!!

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Aug 20, 2009

    ...regardless of this fact the emergency services fields are not where the fat needs to be trimmed...it needs to be trimmed in the gov mansion and the legislative buildings...that is where money is wasted it is obvious by now --COPs eye

    Thank you! Our ambulance service had to cut our budget by $800k this fiscal year. Any idea how hard that was? Glad taking an ambulance or two off of the street to make the wait time THAT much longer is acceptable when someone's family member is suffering from cardiac arrest. Glad to know it's acceptable that we have to go to bottom of the line supplies and machines that barely give an accurate reading just so we can balance our budget. Not to mention our educational classes that were slashed to keep us up-to-date on the latest technologies and latest studies on the best way for us to treat our patients. Oh, and thanks for forcing more people to seek care at the Emergency Room and decide to use an ambulance as mode of transportation.

  • Myra Aug 20, 2009

    timothycapwell wants to blame the Dems. I want to remind timothy capwell that his Republican President was the one who took this country in huge deficits with his wars of ERROR. Never in my 70 years on planet earth have I seen such misuse of power and waste of money.

    CEO of Education Bill Harrison did NOT resign willingly. A judge ruled Gov Bev could not hire someone to do the job of an official we had already ''elected.'' She lost my vote when she did this. Besides, Bill Harrison's school district had one of the worst records in the State; and NC has always ranked LOW in Education nationwide.

    How many child molesters will be 'released' to as a budget cut? Too many chiefs and not enough Indians to run this State.

    Failure of Dept of Correction management and supervison led to the death of Eve Carson by criminals on parole who weren't even showing up for their court dates. Buckle up NC - it's going to get worse.