RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The head of a district attorneys' group in North Carolina says he's pleased the state is restricting which inmates are eligible for weekend passes but says the program still should be scrapped.
Phil Berger Jr. is president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys, which asked Gov. Pat McCrory to end the Home Leave Program that's been around for about 40 years. Berger says the program doesn't bring justice to victims.
On Wednesday, officials with the state Department of Public Safety said they were making changes to the program, including notifying both the victim and district attorney each time an inmate goes on home leave.
Other changes include barring sex offenders from the program and not allowing inmates serving a life sentence to participate unless they have a parole date.