Editorial: State prison savings are bipartisan effort that must keep going

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:11 pm

North Carolina is cutting one state budget line by millions of dollars and, for once, almost everyone is happy about it.

Both chambers propose millions in cuts to the state’s prison system because the inmate population has fallen dramatically in recent years. One reason is a drop in the crime rate. Another is demographic: The number of males aged 16-24, the age group most likely to get into trouble with the law, is dropping.

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