Prison Population Reduction Efforts

Due to the ongoing global health crisis of COVID-19, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) has entered into a settlement aimed at further protecting staff, offenders in custody and the communities we serve from the impacts of the coronavirus. 

As part of this agreement, DPS will increase the pace of the transition of approximately 3,500 offenders back into their communities through one of the following methods:  

  • Extending the Limits of Confinement (ELC)
  • Awarding Discretionary Sentence Credits
  • Post-release supervision or granting release to those participating in the Mutual Agreement Parole Program

Unfortunately, we cannot provide specific details on individual offenders and the potential for their participation in one of these three initiatives. Offenders will be notified directly if they are approved.  

More info on Adjusted Reentry Dates for Offenders 

Extending the Limits of Confinement

Extending the Limits of Confinement

The ELC initiative allows select individuals to serve their remaining active sentence outside of a prison under the supervision of Community Corrections officers. It’s important to remember that this is not an early release. The offenders are still considered incarcerated and rule violations can result in the offender being returned to prison. 

Offenders currently serving a sentence for a crime against another person are not eligible for ELC. Other circumstances may also disqualify an offender for ELC, such as recent rules infractions, detainers, pending charges and validated membership in a security risk group. 

All offenders with projected release dates in 2021, who are not currently serving a sentence for a crime against a person, will be reviewed for ELC eligibility. Being reviewed for ELC does not guarantee participation.

Since DPS began using ELC in response to COVID-19, 1,539 Offenders have been transferred to ELC, with 362 still actively completing their sentence in ELC as of July 23, 2021.

Print the ELC Program Summary or  Programa de Extensión de Límites de Confinamiento

Discretionary Sentence Credits

Discretionary Sentence Credits

Prisons awards discretionary time to advance the release dates of offenders closer to their flat minimum sentence. Typically, offenders receive 60 days or less of credit. Prisons staff carefully screen all offender’s behavior for the current period of incarceration.

  • Individuals having a recent assaultive history against staff or other offenders are not considered for additional discretionary credits.
  • Those who are serving time in disciplinary or restrictive housing may lose discretionary sentence credits for committing additional infractions.
  • All offenders with 2021 release dates, regardless of crime, are considered, but must still serve at least the minimum sentence imposed by the courts.
Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission Actions

Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission Actions

The North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission will review certain offenders for possible release and return them to post-release supervision. Additionally, the Commission may grant early release to those participating in the Mutual Agreement Parole Program

The Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission will also continue with the standard review of other discretionary releases such as paroles and medical releases or modification of supervision conditions as needed on a case-by-case basis. 

Note: Parole is a conditional release for offenders whose crimes were committed prior to Oct. 1, 1994.