Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Judge Discusses Sentencing Reforms.

Byline: Wren Propp and Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writers

North Carolina's Experience Outlined

North Carolina's system for punishing criminals was in crisis by the late 1980s.

Prisons were full and the actual time felons served was dropping below 20 percent of the sentences they were given, a judge involved in that state's sentencing reforms said Thursday in Santa Fe.

Thomas Ross, a North Carolina superior court judge from 1984 to 2000 and chairman of a state commission on sentencing reforms for nine years, spoke to a symposium of the National Association of Counties meeting at the Eldorado Hotel to discuss overcrowded prisons and jails.

In North Carolina, Ross said, the public was losing confidence and the judiciary was frustrated. …

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