- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Recently closed North Carolina state prisons are re-opening as centers designed to give intense assistance to probation violators as another alternative to avoid returns to hard time behind bars.

The Department of Public Safety highlights the new centers in Burke and Robeson counties with public open-house events Monday in Morganton and Tuesday in Lumberton.

They’re called Confinement in Response to Violation centers, or CRV. Some offenders with technical violations are incarcerated for 90 days. They’ll get help with substance abuse, behavioral issues and landing employment - all of which probation officers hope will steer them from repeat offenses.

The two centers have 440 beds combined. They stem from a 2011 Justice Reinvestment law passed by the General Assembly and that places a greater emphasis on post-release supervision.

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