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FIRST ON 3: Records show spike in prisoners injured in Bladen Co. jail

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Records WWAY requested through the Freedom of Information Act from Bladen County show that eight inmates had to be taken to the hospital after jail fights in 2012. That's compared to six over the previous three years combined.

The records also show that there were 12 assaults with minor injures in the jail in 2012, and 38 prisoners were punished or "given sanctions."

WWAY requested the information after four inmates were charged with beating Joshua Ward in the jail last month. Ward went to the hospital with major head trauma.

In a statement released Thursday, Sheriff Prentis Benston said, "The Bladen County Jail uses sanctions as one of its tools to maintain order in the facility. Sanctions can include restrictions and or elimination of privileges for a few days to several weeks, a prisoner being moved to another call, or the moving of a prisoner to safekeeping."

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