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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-year-old with schizophrenia who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement. [read the full story here]

Ledger-Enquirer, Sunday, October 5, 2014
Tags: Prison Conditions & Corruption, North Carolina
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