District Attorneys call for more resources for safer state

District Attorneys call for more resources for safer state

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- From murder to rape and robbery, the District Attorney’s office handles it all and yet they say are severely underpaid and short on resources. Thursday afternoon, district attorneys from across the state gathered to unveil a blueprint to keep North Carolina safer.

"That's real life in this community and they need to understand it," said Mecklenburg County District Attorney, Andrew Murray.
 
DA Murray is talking about real crime and real victims shown in a graphic video he plans to show legislators in Raleigh.
 
The images of murder victims are so graphic we can't show you most of it. District Attorney's from all across North Carolina plan to use it as part of their Blueprint for a Safer North Carolina highlighting the tough work the DA’s office does on limited resources.
 
"The state knows we're down 13 prosecutors that they owe us, that makes our job more difficult, on a pay scale we are woefully underpaid compared to most attorneys in the state," said Murray.
 
So they're here to bring awareness to the cost of justice.
 
"Prosecutors are the lowest paid attorney's in state government with the highest ethical responsibility," said Ben David, President of the Conference of District Attorneys.
 
Murray says they're not just calling for awareness for prosecutors, but also the need to work with the community.
 
"It also talks about on the outside how we need to cooperate with faith based organizations , with non- profit organizations ," said Murray.
 
And he says though it's graphic, the video shows the reality of the DA’s job.
 
"Not many know what we do every day, that we're confronting that evil every day in this office, my young men and women have to deal with that, things that many people should never have to see in a lifetime we see every day," said Murray.

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