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Spending plan for probation system passes legislative panel

Posted November 5, 2008 6:24 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2008 6:36 p.m. EST

— A legislative committee gave tentative approval Wednesday to a spending proposal for the state's troubled probation system.

The plan considered by the Government Operations Subcomittee for Justice and Public Safety would give the Department of Correction's Division of Community Corrections an additional $2.5 million for more staff and training.

Problems within the probation system surfaced earlier this year in the wake of the shooting deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson.

An internal investigation by the DOC found that the suspects charged in those cases were on probation at the time of the crimes and had been overlooked by probation officers.

The only source of debate over the proposed spending plan had to do with concerns over $236,000 in recurring funds for a mentoring program.

The full Government Operations committee will consider the plan at a meeting Thursday.