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DOC to meet with federal agency handling probation probe

Posted August 15, 2008 1:00 p.m. EDT
Updated August 15, 2008 8:18 p.m. EDT

— State Department of Correction administrators are expected to meet next week with a federal agency that reviewed the state's probation system.

The DOC requested assistance in April from the National Institute of Corrections, a U.S. Justice Department agency. The request followed an internal investigation into how probation officers handled the cases of two offenders charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson.

One of the suspects was also charged with the shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato.

The internal review found serious problems in how the Wake and Durham county probation offices handled the cases, including issues involving staffing, training and communication.

Several employees in the Wake and Durham probation offices have resigned or been reassigned.

Robert Guy, director of the DOC's Division of Community Corrections, which oversees the probation system, has said that even if the agency had efficiently followed its own procedures, both defendants could have been free from custody when the students were killed.