Eve Carson murder case forced NC probation reforms

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say the state's probation system has improved since the 2008 slaying of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student body president exposed its troubles.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/vUby2R) the changes were pushed after Eve Carson's killing revealed a probation system plagued by outdated technology, high staff turnover, and staff shortages that made officers responsible for dangerously large caseloads.

The trial of 20-year-old Laurence Lovette for Carson's slaying began this week in Hillsborough.

The probation system's staff vacancy rate now is below 2 percent, down from 10 percent at the time Carson was killed.

Probation officers now carry a better balance of overseeing both serious offenders who need a lot of supervision and those who need little.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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