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Big Changes Coming To NC Prison Sentencing Laws

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New criminal sentencing laws take effect in December. The changes make big changes to North Carolina's habitual offender statute. There will be less prison time for some offenders. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray is not a fan. "This change significantly impacts my ability to put bad people in jail for significant time," he says Murray says he's also lost an important tool in negotiating plea-bargains. Supporters of the new law, called the Justice Reinvestment Act, say it will save money by reducing the state's prison population and giving more attention to crime-prevention and drug-treatment efforts Murray spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the changes. You can listen to the interview here.