MAY 8, 2006 -- A new statewide effort will help put more criminals behind bars. Governor Mike Easley announced a new initiative called "Secure Communities."
The state will have $50-million to expand crime-fighting efforts. That money will pay for more investigators, prosecutors and judges. It will also pay for upgrades to the state fingerprint identification system and the sex offender registry.
Governor Easley says the program should help track down criminals and prosecute them more quickly.