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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.

Keith Acree
Public Affairs Director
NC Department of Correction

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I have a brother in prison

I have a brother in prison and he was sent 3 hours away. He was currently moved closer to home, but only to complete a drug and rehabilitation program his former "medical camp" does not offer. He was told that he would be moved back to that prison as soon as he is finished his program. Strickland being moved closer to home because that is the standard procedure is not true. If so, my brother would have been moved right from processing to a closer prison, not 3 hours away. Just goes to show it all depends on who you know and it also proves how crooked our judicial system is.

EXCUSE ME.............

I have a son who was sentenced to prison in May. After processing, he was sent a couple hours away from us...just when we got used to that, he was transferred to a prison which was 13 miles from the Virginia border. 3 1/2 hrs each way for his family to visit.I talked to numerous people in the prison system, he talked to his counselors, caseworkers, and we were all told nothing could be done. He recently got moved 40 minutes away to complete a program, but was told he will be shipped right back to the three hour away prison as soon as that program is finished.I cannot tell you how angry this makes me. They could care less about making it easier on families. Someone definitely pulled some strings here,as usual when it comes to this circus of all of them involved.

"The classification and

"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."

Herein lies the problem with repeat offenders. Their environment IS the problem. Part of their rehabilitation should be to make contact with their old buddies (even family) extremely difficult if not impossible. If you keep them in the same environment, with the same associates, they will fall right back into their old ways.

Corrections department

1. The corrections department is the final stop for people that can't make it in the private sector.
2. If you have ever had a friend or relative that has been incarcerated, you know the level of ineptitude of this organization.
3. They are accountable to no one. And simple request's are ignored because it is almost impossible for them to be fired. The level of arrogance and disdain for regular folks is amazing.

As for the statement " spokesperson says inmates are typically sent to a prison closest to their home", that is a crock and intentional misstatement.

If you consider Kinston to be close to Wilmington, you too could work for the DOC.

"When we asked who signed off on the transfer, the spokesperson said that was confidential and he could not release the information.

This should be public information. Why the secrecy. If you really think everyone is treated equally under the law, your mistaken.

These young men have been involved in SOMETHING. It is being covered up, or just ignored with the help of State Employees.

Where are the people with enough "nads" to open up this can of worms?

These episodes, have languished for a decade, and still no one will get to the bottom of this?

But if your rich and powerful, and especially a lawyer and former Senator, you are to be feared.

Come on law enforcement, and district attorney. Offer someone immunity and get to the bottom of this.

We're paying you to do a job.
Do It!

Maybe now he can have a

Maybe now he can have a conjugal visit from his benefactor...

REEKS OF POLITICS!!!!!!!

So, what is the special treatment given to this person? He committed crime(s) so why should he get any special treatment? That's what wrong with this country, babying the criminals and letting them lead a easy life. He should be made to do some "road time" and some hard work would probably cause him to croak. Hey, Soles, when you gonna tell why you so interested in this boy?

From what I have read,

road time is considered a privilege which must be earned. He might be tempted to run if he gets a whiff of fresh air.

It standard for the DOC to

It standard for the DOC to house a prisoner in a facility close to their home, if there's space available at an appropriate security-level prison. I used to work for Probation/Parole, and most of the parole/post-relaese cases I worked were either from Pender Correctional near Burgaw, or New Hanover Correctional (025) off of Castle Hayne Road. This is SOP, not any particular political favors.