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Changes To Prison Job Screening And Data On Corrupt Probation Officers

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North Carolina is changing its job screening process for correctional officers. Now, only a fraction of applicants will have face-to-face psychological interviews. Prison officials say the change will save money and help hire officers more quickly to fill vacancies. Critics say eliminating the interview is a dangerous move.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Gavin Off, a data reporter for The Charlotte Observer, about the story.

Stasio also talks to reporter Ames Alexander about corrupt probation officers in the state. Records obtained by The Charlotte Observer show that more than 30 North Carolina probation employees have been dismissed for inappropriate activities since 2016. Alexander shares one recent example from his investigative reporting for The Charlotte Observer.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.