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Convicted murderers, rapists paroled each year

Posted October 26, 2009

— Twenty inmates convicted of rape and murder are slated to be released from prison this week under a loophole in state law.

Gov. Bev Perdue, however, has said she won't allow them to go free until the state Department of Correction can verify the conditions of their release under a state Supreme Court ruling were "lawfully and correctly applied."

But they wouldn't be the first violent offenders to be released.

North Carolina has paroled 300 violent offenders in the past year, 27 of whom were convicted of first-degree murder.

Unlike the inmates set to freed this week, DOC officials say the cases are much different because the inmates paroled go through an intense review process and are supervised after their release.

"Most of these people are people that none of us thought would be back on the street again," said Tom Bennett, executive director of the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network.

He says victims often feel further victimized when an offender is paroled.

DOC spokesman Keith Acree says the parole board takes a lot into consideration when making its decision.

"They are looking at what has the inmate done during the time they have been in prison to improve themselves. Have they made attempts to rehabilitate? Have they graduated from programs? Have they made themselves better in the time they have been in prison?"

During the past year, North Carolina has paroled 27 first-degree murderers, 193 second-degree murderers, eight first-degree rapists and 72 second-degree rapists.

"When you are looking at offenders who have committed crimes this serious, you've got to be very concerned about having these people back out on the street," Bennett said.

Inmates convicted prior to 1994 are eligible for parole, even those with a life sentence.

DOC officials say just because a prisoner is paroled, he or she isn't completely free.

"After that parole comes, they are also subject to supervision by a parole officer in the community for usually about a year or so," Acree said.

The state prison system holds approximately 40,000 inmates a year. More than half are released each year.

Cases eligible for parole are reviewed annually, except first-degree murder. Those cases are heard every three years.


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  • mom2threecld Oct 28, 2009

    my voice, i believe it. i went to high school with a guy that at age 23 shot his girlfriend in the face and killed her. he was charged with first degree murder, given a life sentence and guess what...he got paroled last year. scary scary scary

  • mom2threecld Oct 28, 2009

    somey has an opinion just as you d professor, doesn't mean they are playing god. regardless of your outlook, most people that have empathy for the victims rather than the felon feel the same way. letal injection

  • mom2threecld Oct 28, 2009

    ok professor, you seem to be all about the rights of a felon, which by the way is suppose to loose their rights when convicted, but anyway, what about the rights of the victims?? what about them? i couldn't care less if these people rotted in prison,i can't understand why you or anyone would be for their release unless it's one of your own. i bet if they had raped or killed one of your family members you would have a different outlook and attitude. maybe you can invite them to stay with you and you keep them from reoffending since you seem to be the only one that is for this.

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  • Professor Oct 27, 2009

    I don't believe Purdue will have the authority to go over the Supreme Court's ruling. She may think she can. It won't be funny when they sit her down. Oct. 29, is going to be mighty interesting to see what is going to happen. Remember a law is the law. Prisoners did not make the law. NC leaders made the law and now it is biting them. lol

  • Professor Oct 27, 2009

    I really hope you do a lot of investigating on ways to keep them where they are. I do not want to be their next victim.

    A criminal who has served his/her time according to the courts has a right to be released after their time has been served.

  • Professor Oct 27, 2009

    mrduright - Yes they should die too.

    No, sweetie - criminals have a right to live just like you have the same right. Don't play God.

  • Professor Oct 27, 2009

    I'm sure glad Bev has this on her to do list.... I feel so safe now.

    Good story. Purdue needs to learn this but ......oh well this show why we in NC need a good new governor. Purdue is just not cutting it. The law is the law.

  • Life-goes-on. Oct 27, 2009

    I'm sure glad Bev has this on her to do list.... I feel so safe now.

  • my voice Oct 27, 2009

    Check this out. I know someone that knows someone that was sentenced to 40 years. That inmate served 13 years, on parole 1 year and that is it for a murder. The ex-con really became very psychotic while locked up.
    All inmates and excons become more and more mentally messed up. It is just a matter of time before they lose it and end up back IN.
    So, Beverly Perdue, I really hope you do a lot of investigating on ways to keep them where they are. I do not want to be their next victim.