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Suspects in slayings of NC college students fell through cracks


DURHAM (AP) -- Laurence Lovette and Demario Atwater apparently managed to find the cracks in North Carolina's legal system.

The high school dropouts were convicted of crimes but put back on the street by a system that failed to notice when they were arrested again. Both are now behind bars, held without bail and charged with murdering two college students.

The 17-year-old Lovette is accused in the slaying of a graduate student at the Duke University, and he and the 21-year-old Atwater are charged in the death of the University of North Carolina student body president.

Robert Lee Guy, director of the state Division of Community Corrections, he can't speculate whether Carson's slaying could have been avoided if the system had worked as intended, but he acknowledges that the question is on everyone's mind.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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not just through the cracks.

The black on white crime rate is soaring. Is anyone noticing these race based crimes?

Cracks??? CRACKS??????????

Cracks??? CRACKS?????????? Are you nuts!!!! A pink elephant could fall through and only the people outside of government would notice. REVOLT TIME!!!!!!!!!!

We don't have enough people to handle crime

Parents refuse to discipline. Migrants bring their own brand of crime. We are not spotting the criminally insane and getting them in a place where they can do no harm. We expect teachers, police, courts, probation officers and social workers to stem the tide of lawlessness, but there aren't enough of them to go around, and the more we criticize them lower their pay goes, the fewer of them we will have. We can thank the ACLU for thinking up every possible angle for criminals to work the system and for privacy issuues the courts have acceded to, allowing dangerous people to stay on the streets and prey on defenseless victims.

Aww...go ahead....speculate!

The simple fact is that they're ALL falling through the cracks, because the cracks are now bigger than the system itself. We are doing NOTHING about dangerous criminals prowling our streets, preying upon the innocent. They have to kill someone before government bureaucrats get off their over-fed backsides and do their jobs. Just another small facet that shows the Empire is in decline. God blessed America....and we're blowing it.


It's easy for people to fall through the cracks. I was a probation/parole officer in New Hanover County for 4 years and supervised higher risk offenders. A full caseload for this level of supervision was 60 offenders. However, my caseload usually hovered around 90. On top of that, we were specifically instructed not to work overtime, for budgetary reasons. I have great respect for those doing this job, but how are they supposed to adequately supervise the criminals when they're short-staffed by Raleigh and then told not to work overtime? People will continue to slip through the system until this is remedied.

The problem isn't with PO's or police officers

It's with DAs and judges who refuse to treat these people as the dangerous threat they are. How many times do you see people getting lighter or even suspended sentences for a second or subsequent conviction? I'm familiar with a woman who went to Fountain for a felony, served only about two months, then received twenty-four months PROBATION when she was convicted a second time! Who in the world thinks that is any kind of a deterrent? But regarding parole and probation specifically, the INSTANT a felon under P&P is re-arrested, the process should already be starting to return that person to prison upon conviction. It should be automatic. A parole officer should not have to initiate the process. No special appearance in court should be necessary. It could be handled at the new trial's sentencing phase. You were on parole and got convicted of another crime? Back to prison you go, to finish out your original sentence and then start the new one. Oh, but we could never do that! We have structured our judicial system for the benefit of the good ol' boys lawyer network, not for the benefit of society's safety.