Legislature gives approval to changes in probation system

The Associated PressJuly 30, 2009 

— The General Assembly has given final approval to improvements in North Carolina's probation system after problems surfaced following the death of UNC-Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

On Wednesday, the Senate agreed unanimously to House changes to the bill and sent the measure to Gov. Beverly Perdue, who had sought the changes earlier this year.

The bill would allow probation officers access to an offender's juvenile records without a court order and allow warrantless searches as a regular condition of probation.

The two men charged with Carson's killing were on probation at the time of her death.

Lawmakers have already approved a bill allowing low-risk probationers to go unsupervised, lightening the caseload of probation officers. A final budget bill also is expected to include more money for paying probation officers.

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