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Perdue defends decision to hire inmate

Posted November 2, 2009
Updated November 3, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue is defending her decision to hire a woman convicted of murder to work in her office.

“Sally Holloman came to me to work in my office on a DOC – a Department of Correction sanction work release program,” Perdue said Monday.

While she was lieutenant governor, Perdue hired Holloman to work in her office. Holloman was convicted in 1981 of murdering her husband and a Selma businessman.

Perdue recently blocked the release of 27 North Carolina inmates, serving life for rape and murder and other violent crimes.

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The inmates were scheduled to be released Oct. 29 after state courts agreed with one of the inmates, double murderer Bobby Bowden, that a 1970s law defined a life sentence as 80 years.

The 1981 Fair Sentencing Act included a retroactive provision essentially cutting all those sentences in half, and good behavior and other credits have shortened the sentences to the point that they are now complete.

“I just continue to be adamantly opposed against their release and will do everything in my power to keep it from happening,” Perdue said.

Perdue said her decision to block the release of those inmates is “totally different” from her decision to hire Holloman to work in her office.

“I’m talking about people who were on death row, who were taken off death row by the courts,” she said.

Three of the 27 inmates were also enrolled in a transitional work release program, and would have been free to pursue work outside prison walls before the governor's decision.

Perdue said her concern is that the inmates would be released without supervision. Attorney General Roy Cooper is preparing the state's case against their release.


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  • Tax Man Nov 3, 2009

    How can any person convicted of TWO murders ever get out of prison for any reason? She should be in for life without any possibility of parole and should not be eligible for any work release program. She killed two people! Go Bev!

  • Here kitty kitty Nov 3, 2009

    I missed something somewhere. How can she murder 2 people and not be on death row but instead out on parole? How did that happen?

  • ghwhitaker1_old Nov 3, 2009

    Raindog: I read your post several times before I commented. I fully understand what you wrote. I just happen to believe your viewpoint is awfully shortsighted. The vast majority of people in prison will, one day, get out and go back home to their communities. I believe society is much better off assisting them in becoming employable and leading law abiding lives. Stamping the scarlet "C" on their foreheads only encourages more criminal behavior, which costs us all in the long run.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 3, 2009

    So, jas0508, answer the question. Should former convicts (people who served their time) be able to get jobs? Or, do you want to support all of them on welfare forever? Why would you fault anyone who hires them?

  • mrr03 Nov 3, 2009

    The beauty of double talk.

  • lilreno is in the wind Nov 3, 2009

    This just goes to show that perdue is one of the biggest hippocrits in this fine state.

  • arfamr1005 Nov 3, 2009

    how you gonna try to hold free people in jail one day and hire a felon the next? i'm so confused

  • ncpilot2 Nov 3, 2009

    Let's see, 'ol Gov. Bev releases statements how she is tough on crime and "would not allow" the inmates to be released, then hires a convicted murderer to work for the state. Sounds like business as usual in our severely corrupted state government. I'm not saying that a person who has "done their time" should not be given a chance. But, when many other non-convicted people are needing jobs, where are the priorities within the government. Plus, it's not like this lady stole candy at a movie theatre. We're talking Murder!

    I hope and pray everybody remembers all this corruption and replaces EVERYBODY at the poles next time.

  • NCPACKER Nov 3, 2009

    ----"What's another criminal in state government in this state?" - REDSTATESMANWATTS

    I love it! Just loved it!

  • pbjbeach Nov 3, 2009

    If you ask me bev should have fired her comm director wel before now just for the fact that he was continually allwoing her to put her foot in her own mouth just as with the release of this article after she had made the statements that she had previously made about the release of the inmate prisoners due to be release after having supposely having servered their alloted timed sentences or at least according to the current laws thank you