The provisions of the state's supercap expired Friday after correction officials freed dozens of inmates to bring the prison population to less than 18,000.
But North Carolina's prisons remained under a population emergency that was triggered Dec. 30, state corrections officials said.The State Parole Commission has until March 28 to reduce the population of the state's 90 prisons to no more than 17,460. As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, the population was 17,968.
The population exceeded 18,000 Thursday, triggering the supercap provisions of the Emergency Prison Population Stabilization Act. Among other things, that required the Parole Commission to include most parole-eligible felons in the pool considered for early release.