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Prison News | North Carolina

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in North Carolina. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

  • Education Opens Doors At Prison
    Central Carolina Community College awarded 18 associate degrees in business administration and 65 diplomas in masonry, electronic servicing technology, carpentry, welding technology and electrical/electronics technology....[more]

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Inmate convicted in deadly prison breakout attempt moves to US prison
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The man sentenced to death in the killings of four workers during an attempted escape from a North Carolina prison has been transferred to a federal prison in Kentucky because of safety concerns....[more]

  • N Carolina transgender inmate to transfer to women’s prison
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prison officials in North Carolina are honoring the wishes of a transgender inmate and transferring her to a women’s prison....[more]

  • NC appeals court: Life sentences were shortened for man convicted of 2 deaths
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court panel ruled Tuesday a convicted killer serving a life sentence was properly credited for good conduct behind bars and scheduled for early release, and that the state's prison system couldn't reverse itself in reaction to a public uproar....[more]

  • This bipartisan move must keep going
    North Carolina is cutting one state budget line by millions of dollars and, for once, almost everyone is happy about it. Both chambers propose millions in cuts to the state's prison system because the inmate population has fallen ......[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Advocate: Fill empty jobs in wake of inmate death
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Following the death of an inmate from dehydration, advocates for people with mental illness are calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to authorize emergency measures to fill large numbers of vacant staffing positions in the state prison system.

    Disability Rights North Carolina Executive Director Vicki Smith said Friday that the state prison system must fill widespread vacancies among mental health, medical and correctional workers to address deficiencies that contribute to poor treatment. Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of the March 12 death of inmate Michael Anthony Kerr, a 54-ye...[more]

  • Former Hertford County, N.C., Chief Deputy Pleads Guilty for Assault on Inmate
    The Justice Department announced today that Timothy Lassiter, the former chief deputy of the Hertford County, N.C., Sheriff...[more]

Prison Life & Culture

  • NC inmate charged with using cell phone to help orchestrate kidnapping of prosecutor's father
    In this undated photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification Kelvin Melton is shown. Frank Arthur Janssen was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days. John Strong, the FBI's agent in charge for North Carolina, said the kidnapping was related to Janssen's daughter's prosecution of Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)...[more]

  • Life after prison Transitioning from jail back to society can be a struggle
    In prison, inmates are guaranteed a bed, at least three meals a day, access to education and a bathroom. Being incarcerated isn’t a luxurious experience but it provides the bare necessities....[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • 1 employee assaulted at North Carolina prison
    State officials say an employee was assaulted at the North Carolina prison where an officer was killed two years ago. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says an inmate on Saturday assaulted the employee of Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor with a "handmade weapon."...[more]

  • SBI identifies man found dead in Gaston County Jail
    State investigators have identified the inmate who died Sunday at Gaston County Jail, but have yet to release details on what led to his death....[more]

  • 37-year-old shot in Wilmington early Sunday
    A 37-year-old man was shot in Wilmington early Sunday, police said. The man was shot just after 5 a.m. in the 800 block of E. 13th St., according to city police. The victim was located at a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. ...[more]

  • Justice Department Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with Events Throughout the Country
    RALEIGH – In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13, 2019, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina will host a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Archives and History/State Library Building, located at 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. ...[more]

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