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December first brings about new laws

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More than 50 new state laws go into effect today. One aims to keep career criminals off the streets.

Before December first, people who committed a felony while on probation were able to bond out of jail right away, enabling them to commit more crimes before their first appearance in court. That all changes today.

”Probation is a second chance. This law has just eliminated a third chance,” said D.A. Ben David.

Under a new North Carolina law, a probationer who commits a felony will have to stay in jail for seven days before they can post bail.

That will give police and prosecutors time to decide whether the person is a danger to the public… And whether to set bond for them at all.

“Some of the frequent flyers in the criminal justice system are no longer going to have the revolving door. They’re going to be in jail awaiting trial and awaiting the outcome of their case,” David said.

While the new law could potentially lead to crowded county jails, David said jail administrators are ready. “We’ve worked very hard to reduce the number of people who are there and send them off to prison because we knew this law was coming. And over the last year we’ve actually reduced our local jail population by 100 people.”

“The jail is crowded but we always have room for career criminals,” David added.

Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick County jails are not facing overcrowding right now, but that could all change in the near future when this new law has time to set in.

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videoMore than 50 new state laws go into effect today. One aims to keep career criminals off the streets.

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