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Wake County parole officers' 'pizza party' contest shut down

Posted January 8

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— A controversial “pizza party” contest involving Wake County parole officers was recently shut down by the state’s probation director.

Officers received a flyer promoting a “quick dip confinement” for people in violation of their parole—without going before a judge—in order to win a pizza party.

“We had not been made aware,” said State Probation Director, Anne Precythe. “We empower our management to make decision, and in this particular case the best decision was not made and we’re looking into that.”

All 16 units received the flyer promoting the schedule, which was supposed to run from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.

Officials said they shut the contest down immediately once they received word of the competition.

Precythe said the “quick dip” is one of many tools officers have to respond to a parolee’s negative behavior.

“We should not be focusing on solely using that tool,” she said. “We should be focused on using the tools that really help the offender being on supervision.”

An anonymous employee sent the flyer to WRAL News and said the “unethical” contest was met with verbal protest.

Precythe said her department will use the controversial contest as a teachable moment.

“We have done many incentive programs for our staff to encourage the utilization of tools,” she said. “During the course of supervision, this should not have happened for the quick dip, solely for the quick dip.”

Disciplinary action has not been taken against the employee who started the contest, but retribution is being considered, Precythe said.

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  • bigwilliejohnson4phun Jan 9, 2016

    Wow, so many people need to educate themselves about the constitution and the justice system. I am very conservative, but I expect Sonja and Victoia are conservatives too. But they are conservatives in name only. They want lower taxes but then advocate for increased government spending by housing non-violent misdemeanors in our jails. Pro-tip, this does not make people safer, it just gives you an illusion of safety. This begins to explain the RINO problem in the US Congress.

    You know after reading this article we should be more concerned with local LE than Pablo the probation offending pot head.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 9, 2016
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    View quoted thread


    I agree Victoria.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 9, 2016
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    Look at the many, many crimes enacted on the public while criminals are on probation. Eve Carson is one example. Usually every serious crime committed is by a criminal on probation. Yes, it will cost more to house criminals, but what does it cost the public when they are robbed, beaten or killed? There are empty prisons in Durham, Person County that could be rented and prisoners housed there to protect the public. The parole board needs to be looking out for the public instead coddling people who wouldn't follow the law given a chance and they are given too many chances at the safety of the public.

  • BigWillie Johnson Jan 9, 2016
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    Victoria you do not understand our legal system too well do you, AND the costs involved? Your suggestion would be cost
    prohibitive and too often they will violate a parolee who has done nothing wrong.

  • Barry Eriksen Jan 9, 2016
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    Supervised probation is abused constantly by prosecutors and judges when it isn't even necessary for low-level, non-violent offenders.

  • Victoria Clark Jan 9, 2016
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    The offender should reside in jail until they no longer need supervision.