BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Allen "Frog" Strickland, who was sentenced to seven months in prison for vandalizing former Sen. R.C. Soles's home and office, has been moved to a facility closer to home.
He had originally been sent to the Western Youth Institution in Morgantown, according to the Department of Corrections website. He was moved Wednesday to the Bladen Correctional Center in Elizabethtown.
A Department of Corrections spokesperson says the Western Youth Institution is an intake facility where inmates are usually sent until a permanent place can be found for them. The spokesperson says inmates are typically sent to a prison closest to their home.
When we asked who signed off on the transfer, the spokesperson said that was confidential and he could not release the information.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:
DOC received has received several media inquiries regarding the transfer of Allen Strickland to Bladen Correctional Center. We have reviewed inmate Strickland’s case. He was received Oct. 5 and processed at Western Youth Institution. He is a misdemeanor serving an eight-month sentence. After routine processing in the diagnostic center at Western YI, he was recommended for transfer to an appropriate prison in the South Central Region. Bladen Correctional Center is an appropriate housing unit for Mr. Strickland due to geographic location related to his home and his minimum custody level. The classification and transfer processes in the Division of Prisons always consider the geographic location of the offender’s home for purposes of family visitation and release planning.
DOC routinely receives requests from a variety of sources for inmates to be moved as closer to their families to facilitate easier visitation. These requests come from families, pastors, former employers, legislators and others. The department reviews requests and considers them as one factor in assigning inmates to appropriate housing.
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NC Department of Correction