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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — For months we’ve tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail.

In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of.

In a letter to WWAY NewsChannel 3, Johnson says that the 50-year-old jail needs to be modernized. Johnson says county leaders were already taking measures to find a solution long before problems arose. He says county commissioners approved money for a feasibility study for construction of a new jail or improving the old one and hiring architects.

We tried once again Wednesday to speak with Sheriff Benston, but once again he did not want to talk. Instead he said everything we need to know is in Johnson’s letter. But by not talking to us, Benston again refuses to answer our questions about complaints from current and former inmates that include mold, human waste being thrown, a lack of medical care and other concerns about the safety and upkeep behind the walls of the Bladen County Jail.

We asked the sheriff if we could go inside the jail and see the conditions for ourselves, but he declined for security reasons saying inmates could throw things at our reporter.

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2 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won’t talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail"

2015 years 9 months ago

The CDC has a department devoted specifically to this sort of problem-Correctional Health. Perhaps they would like to come up from Atlanta and see how many inmates have diseases which may be transmitted by the fecal-oral route?

Corrections officers have enough on their plate without coming down with TB.

2015 years 9 months ago

County government here in Bladen is slack. Rarely do county administrators address problems of any importance.

Zoning is not enforced, and nightmare trailer parks spring up overnight. There is no county in N.C., with the exception of Robeson, who has more trash along the sides of the roads, derelict buildings, and yards full of junk cars, old appliances, etc.

We have recycling centers, but many residents just pile their junk and trash in their front yards and leave it there.


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