NC Prosecutors Oppose Prisoner Re-Entry Releases; State Defends Them


On a recent weekend, a North Carolina convict was reportedly spotted playing golf during a visit home from prison. The inmate was among 149 felons allowed to go home for a mid-June weekend, under a policy that allows some minimum-security inmates without discipline problems to make home visits within a year of their release, to help them transition back into society, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. Prosecutors say they had no idea such a large number of inmates was being allowed to leave prison before their sentences were up, without notice to victims or prosecutors. They have begun a campaign to end the policy. “From a prosecution standpoint, we tell our victims and victims' families these criminals who are sent to prison will serve every day of the minimum sentence, and that's not being done,” said Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. State Correction Commissioner David Guice defended the program, saying it allows inmates “to re-establish family relationships and community socialization in preparation for their transition back into the community.”

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