News & Observer:
About half of the people sent to prison in North Carolina are repeat offenders who failed to meet the conditions of their probation.
Most of those inmates weren't rearrested for new crimes, however. More than three-quarters were sent back to prison for so-called technical offenses, such as failing a drug test.
In a rare flicker of bipartisanship, state legislators from both parties are backing a bill aimed at reforming North Carolina's criminal justice system to cut costs by investing in intense supervision and treatment for those released from prison in the hopes fewer will return.