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Advocate: Fill empty jobs in wake of inmate death

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Disability Rights North Carolina Executive Director Vicki Smith said Friday that the prison must fill 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 for 35 days. Full story...
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NC conservative group wants death penalty reviewed

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Some North Carolina political conservatives want state lawmakers to consider whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole due to recently vacated murder cases. Full story...
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Captured fugitive returns to NC after 1973 escape

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Investigators arrested Carnes in Waterloo, Iowa, in April after facial recognition technology suggested that he applied for Iowa driver's licenses under two identities. They soon learned Carnes was wanted for escaping from prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973, when he was serving time for the 1970 armed robbery of a convenience store. Full story...
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Panel considers parole for NC officer's killer

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A North Carolina panel is considering whether to grant parole to a man convicted of killing a Clayton police officer 32 years ago. WRAL-TV reported the North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission heard from witnesses on Tuesday about the possibility of releasing 64-year-old Bobby Earl Smith. Full story...
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Pender County man sentenced for child pornography

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A Pender County man is going away for child pornography. Today in Federal Court, a judge sentenced 58-year-old Bruce William Nott to 15 years in prison. Full story...
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Judge refuses to throw out inmate beatings lawsuit

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A federal judge has rejected efforts by the state to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina's Central Prison who say they were severely beaten by guards while handcuffed and shackled. Full story...
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Woman tries to escape prison months before release

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video Onslow County Sheriff Deputies arrested a woman who escaped from an Edgecombe County prison just months before her scheduled release. Full story...
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Convicted ex-lawmaker Wright on track for early prison release

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Former Wilmington lawmaker Thomas Wright is expected to only serve his minimum prison sentence because of his participation in work programs, according to the Department of Public Safety. Full story...
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Ex-Camp Lejeune Marine sentenced for crash that killed sister in Maine

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A former Camp Lejeune Marine has been sentenced to four years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed his sister and her boyfriend in Maine. Full story...
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Leland man sentenced to prison for sex crimes against minor

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videoA Leland man is sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a minor. Donald Ray White, 56, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court Monday for sex offenses against a young boy, according to the District Attorney's Office. Full story...
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Winnabow man sentenced to prison for attempted rape of autistic minor

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videoA Winnabow man is sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sex crimes with an autistic minor. Michael Mclachlin, 39, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 12 for attempted statutory rape of an autistic boy, according to the District Attorney's Office. Full story...
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Escaped inmate from Robeson Correctional Center caught

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Corrections officers and Robeson County Sheriff's deputies have captured an inmate who escaped from Robeson Correctional Center this morning. Full story...
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NC inmates allege they were abused with hot sauce

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Prison officials in North Carolina are calling for a criminal investigation after six inmates alleged correctional officers forced them to rub habanero hot sauce on their genitals, resulting in painful blisters. Full story...
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NC inmates sentenced to life could be released

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that a handful of inmates sentenced to life prison terms more than 30 years ago should be released because of a quirk in the law. Full story...
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