Web based system helps officers follow those on probation
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The majority of people on probation violate it. At least that's the case in New Hanover County. Now, probation officers are taking steps to keep an eye on their offenders everywhere they go, through a new web based system. Previously, probation officers could only check on their offenders within a single county, but now, they are capable of accessing criminal activity in the one hundred North Carolina counties, making it harder for offenders to slip through the cracks. More than two-thirds of all offenders on probation in New Hanover County violate their terms at one point or another. District Attorney Ben David said that number is far too high. “The people who are still committing crimes and are on probation, our policy is, they need to go to prison." The two men charged with the murder of UNC student Eve Carson, both violated their probation. Quintin Massiah was on probation when he murdered a Wilmington man in 2007. And a hit and run incident ending at the Candlewyck Apartments back in April was a result of yet another probation violation. Now, the department of corrections is taking steps to ensure offenders stay away from criminal activity while serving their probation. Department of Corrections Chair of Special Ops Lewis Adams said, "As soon as a new offense is entered on the AOC, it's going to pop up on this new system that we have now." The new web based tool lets officers track the criminal activity of their offenders across all counties in North Carolina. With the old system, it could take hours to sift through pages of records, just to find out what their offenders were doing within New Hanover County. Officers will be required to check the new database at the beginning and end of each day to make sure their probation offenders are playing by the rules. The new system is already installed on the department of corrections computers. Probation officers will begin training with the new database next week.

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