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NC Public Safety Department opens new probation violation centers in Burke and Robeson counties

The Department of Public Safety is opening two new Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) centers to house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have violated probation. These new CRV centers in Burke and Robeson counties are recently closed state prisons which have been repurposed to incarcerate probation violators for 90-day periods of confinement in response to technical violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision as provided in the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011.

The facilities will utilize dormitory style housing similar to a minimum-security prison and will offer intensive programming designed to modify behavior of probation violators. Probation officers and case managers will work closely with offenders as they progress through treatment and programming including cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse interventions, employment readiness and life skills training.

Under the Justice Reinvestment Act, violations of probation that involve committing new crimes or absconding can still result in revocation of probation and activation of the suspended prison sentence. Technical violators, including those who miss appointments, curfews or fail drug tests, can serve two 90-day CRV periods before they face probation revocation and return to prison.

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Highway Patrol Reports 17 Fatalities during the Thanksgiving Holiday

During this holiday period, troopers investigated 11 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths. The following is a breakdown of the highway and approximate location of each fatality:

  • Fronis Strickland Road (6.5 miles northwest from Tabor City)(Columbus County)(1 fatality)
  • US 301 Service Road (1.6 miles east of Hope Mills) (Cumberland County) (1 fatality)
  • NC66 (1 mile north of Kernersville) (Forsyth County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC24 (3.5 miles east of Kenansville) (Duplin County) (1 fatality)
  • Holdens Crossroads (5.3 miles northeast of Wilson) (Wilson County) (1 fatality)
  • Morgan J. Road, aka Great Marsh Church Road (4 miles southeast of St. Pauls) (Robeson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC125 (0.6 miles north of Scotland Neck) (Halifax County) (1 fatality)
  • I-795 (4.9 miles from Black Creek) (Wilson County) (2 fatalities)
  • NC11 (2.6 miles west of Riegelwood) (Columbus County) (1 fatality)
  • NC42 (0.7 miles east of Pinetops) (Edgecombe County) (4 fatalities)
  • McGrit Bridge Road (5.3 miles north of Maxton) (Robeson County) (1 fatality)

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SHP, DPI, DOT Combine Efforts In Conducting Operation Stop Arm

Daily, more than 14,000 school buses travel North Carolina highways transporting children to and from school. Most motorists stop when they meet school buses, as required by North Carolina law. However, on an average school day in North Carolina nearly 3,000 motorists disregard school bus stop arms.

“Sadly, in the last few weeks we have had one child killed and three others struck as they were attempting to get onto their buses,” SHP Commander Bill Grey said. “This must stop. Whenever you see a stopped school bus, flashing lights and an extended stop arm, you should stop your car. It’s that simple.”

The departments of Transportation and Public Instruction, along with the State Highway Patrol held a joint press conference at the State Fair Oct. 20 to increase awareness of school bus stop arm safety.

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N.C. crime rate is down 24.4 in last decade

The State Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report indicates that overall crime in North Carolina has decreased by 7 percent from the previous year, continuing a six-year downward trend.

The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in North Carolina is the state’s lowest since 1974 according to reports submitted to the State Bureau of Investigation from law enforcement agencies across the state. The violent crime rate per 100,000 North Carolinians declined by 5.4 percent in 2013. Among violent crime rates, rape decreased 10.2 percent, robbery dropped 1.9 percent and murder decreased 3.8 percent, while aggravated assault fell 6.4 percent.

The rate of property crimes—burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft—decreased by 7.2 percent statewide. The larceny rate fell 5.9 percent, the motor vehicle theft rate fell 10.9 percent, and the burglary rate fell 9.3. The rate of arson, which is not included in the overall crime rate, fell by 17.7 percent.

Juvenile arrests for index crime offenses are down 11 percent, while adult arrests for those offenses decreased 5.0 percent. Juvenile arrests for all crimes are also down 12 percent, while adult arrests for all crimes are down 8 percent.

Compared to a decade ago, the overall crime rate is down 24.4 percent and the rate of violent crime is down 26.3 percent.

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Giving a prisoner a cell phone is now a felony

Giving a prisoner a cell phone is now a felony under legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat McCrory. Previously, the offense was a misdemeanor. The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys praised the increased penalty in the wake of a kidnapping case which was directed by an incarcerated prisoner through communications sent by a cell phone.

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Highway Patrol: Slow Down During the Labor Day Holiday

The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday. According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) are expected to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6% from last year.

To ensure a safe driving environment for motorists, the Highway Patrol will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday which officially begins on Thursday, August 28 and ends at midnight on Monday, September 1.

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New school year brings more highway enforcement

The NC Highway Patrol will be focusing on education and enforcement. Troopers across the state will be educating teenage drivers by implementing teenage driver safety plans and will be working with school administrators in offering any assistance in the area of highway safety. Education however is just one part of the solution. Increased enforcement visibility in and around all school zones will be observed.

On Monday, August 25, schools operating on traditional calendars will begin with more than one million students attending North Carolina’s public schools. Students will be traveling to and from school and school related activities during the morning and evening rush hours, which happen to be the busiest times for a teenager to be driving on North Carolina’s 78,000 miles of roadways.

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Governor McCrory names Interim SBI Director

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Bernard W. (B.W.) Collier II acting director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on August 7, 2014.

“B.W. Collier’s distinguished law enforcement background and leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to lead this elite agency,” said Governor McCrory. “Collier’s 26 years as a SBI agent coupled with his experience at Alcohol Law Enforcement give me complete confidence in his abilities to carry out the SBI’s mission.”

Collier will be sworn into office on August 11, 2014.

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