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jon2four Dec 9, 5:32 p.m.
This is the same administration that tried to balance the budget by taking earned money from the pocket of every state employee. I guess they figured that by letting out more prisoners ,that would help cut operating cost. What next Mrs Perdue ?
samiam1244 Dec 9, 5:28 p.m.
A life Sentence is just that.. and who determines how many years a person will live? that was a stupid law to pass anyway.
wakeconative4ever Dec 9, 5:05 p.m.
Let them all go and when they re-offend, and they will, allow the victims to sue to the heck out of the state, the lawyers, and judges who let them out.
unc83 Dec 9, 4:58 p.m.
All the prisoners have to prove is that there have been other murderers who have been released under the same circumstances....and we all know there has been!!!
makeitright Dec 9, 4:53 p.m.
How about all Life sentences get commuted to death penalty... Save a lot of money and time.
drh3102 Dec 9, 4:19 p.m.
The NC D.O.C. is a scam. It should be completely torn apart and rebuilt, replacing everyone in the system.
Tarheelfan13 Dec 9, 4:17 p.m.
It is probably time that this should go before a federal court. it is obvious that the state of North Carolina will not enforce its laws in a fair and consistent manner in accordance with these inmates. The NC Supreme Court has determined the 80 year life sentence issue and now all of a sudden the credits were determined wrongly. I am not a proponent of soft sentences and I am an ardent supporter of tough sentences but in this case the rule of law should be allowed to stand. In this scenario the Executive Branch of North Carolina needs to be overruled by a Federal Court. These inmates are being deprived of their 14th Amendment rights as well as being victims of ex post facto which is Constitutionally illegal in this country. I understand the emotion involved in wanting to keep these inmates in jail but in order for the rule of law we have to be nation that puts emotion aside and govern by the rule of law or otherwise the govt can change how the law is applied any time on a whim.
kebsmom Dec 9, 4:15 p.m.
dohicky, I so agree with you.
dohicky Dec 9, 4:04 p.m.
I think you should let them all go but require these lawyers and judges to take them home with them to live.
XLAW Dec 9, 3:52 p.m.
No "lifer' has ever been released unconditionally unless the Governor commuted the sentence to a term of years. Inmates were eligible for parole consideration after 20 years and if paroled, were under parole supervision. The 1974 Act defining a life sentence as 80 was was merely considered a direction in setting up inmate records to establish a 20 year date for parole consideration. It was never considered a release date. When Fair Sentencing was effective in 1981 it made credits applicable only to crimes committed after July 1, 1981. Inmates convicted of 1st degree murder were specifically exempted from the Act. In 1983 the Secretary of Correction had authority to issue regulations regarding deductions for good behavior. The Secretary gave retroactive application of day-for-day credits, which the General Assembly had provided was only to be given prospectively and gave credit to persons convicted of 1st degree murder - a class of offender the legislature had exempted.
R_U_breakdance fighting Dec 9, 3:51 p.m.
What If -
it could be worse, we could have Sanford as Gov hiking the A-trail
HJRVS Dec 9, 3:46 p.m.
What if_I could
To answer your question; A democrat administration!
Just the facts mam Dec 9, 3:39 p.m.
What a mess...
HangOn Dec 9, 3:34 p.m.
let them rot there in a cage for life.
What if_I could Dec 9, 3:33 p.m.
Here we go again...last week Bev Perdue was talking about the NC Medicaid beinng over budget. The head of DHHS could not confirm the information Bev Perdue had quoted. Bev is now talking about the inmates and the DOC head does not know anything about what Bev stated. What kind of administration is she running?
R_U_breakdance fighting Dec 9, 3:30 p.m.
Well said Seem
Seeminglyopposed Dec 9, 3:19 p.m.
If he was truly saved, he would just accept the consequences for his actions and know that he is forgiven, but he must pay the price of the choices he made.
R_U_breakdance fighting Dec 9, 3:11 p.m.
Crayzee, read the story again!
Vietnam Vet Dec 9, 3:11 p.m.
You get out when you quit breathing, and not before. You do not walk out...you are carried out! That's a life sentence!
celong Dec 9, 3:11 p.m.
If they had been put to death like they deserved, then we would not be having this discussion. Bring back the death penalty. We are too lenient on crime.
R_U_breakdance fighting Dec 9, 3:10 p.m.
....here we go!!!
Crayzee1 Dec 9, 2:50 p.m.
What I read in this, is that the DOC is saying they never said anyone was going to be released, but GOV Perdue felt that the DOC was going to release them, maybe a little wag the dog? Or is her admin. that incompentant?
teacher-mom Dec 9, 12:12 p.m.
Life should mean life! What about the people who lost their lives because of these murderers; they did not time off for good behavior.
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