At a special panel assembled before the N.C. Senate, several mayors and county commissioners called for a balanced approach to the state's crime problem, seeking preventive programs as well as punitive measures.
Several strategies, including drug courts that expedite prosecution of drug dealers, boot camps for first offenders, and an aggressive parole tracking system, are or will be used to combat the state's crime problem.
North Carolina's anti-crime movement may result in legislation that would imprison anyone convicted of first-degree murder for \"the remainder of his natural life\" regardless of mitigating circumstances, such as mercy killing.
In response to NC's rise from 41st nationally to 16th in crime, state officials and educators discussed old and new methods of crime prevention and control at the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry's annual meeting.
Stevens H. Clark, a criminal justice researcher at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Government, argues that the prison cap has had an inconsequential effect on crime in North Carolina, and that resources need to be focused on prevention.