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Governor Announces Juvenile Crime Suggestions

Posted November 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Juvenile crime has the full attention of the Governor. Governor Jim Hunt has announced his suggestions for curbing crime among young people.

Governor Hunt's Commission on Juvenile Crime has been looking at the problem for seven months, gathering data and researching related issues. While no final recommendations were made Friday, it was a day for the commission to present what they have and discuss what they will do next.

Last week alone, almost 900 juveniles appeared in delinquency court in North Carolina and more than 120 were charged with serious crimes. The governor calls says current systems for dealing with the problems are slow, outdated, and secretive.

The commission is preparing specific legislative suggestions for improving current systems. They have offered suggestions such as opening up juvenile records and speeding up the process.

Sec. Richard Moore, of the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, says the finding appropriate solutions once problems are identified is going to be a huge task.

Final recommendations are expected in January. A special session of the legislature to act on those recommendations will probably follow. The commission's next meeting is in Greenville at the end of November.