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Judge wants more info on North Carolina prison conditions

A state judge is demanding that North Carolina’s prison system provide detailed information about how it’s trying prevent the spread of the new coronavirus among offenders.
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NC releasing 500 prisoners to finish their sentence in the community

COVID-19 is posing safety concerns in the NC prison system. North Carolina Department of Public Safety officials say at least 500 inmates across the state’s prisons will be considered for early release, based on certain criteria.

First state prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the minimum custody unit of the Caledonia Correctional Complex in Tillery has tested positive for coronavirus.

Less prison time for some drug offenders in First Step bill

Some drug offenders in North Carolina could get lower prison sentences and fines in narrow circumstances in legislation advancing again at the General Assembly.

North Carolina prison workers quitting fast, citing low staffing

North Carolina's prisons are on a hiring push, but they're losing workers almost as fast as new ones are hired because of forced overtime resulting from low staffing levels.

4 Texas prison guards fired, 2 resign for #FeelingCute posts

Four Texas prison guards have been fired and two others resigned over selfies accompanied by insensitive comments posted on social media, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice official said Wednesday.

Cellphone jamming tested at South Carolina state prison

Federal officials this week oversaw the test at a South Carolina prison of a cellphone signal jamming technology that some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones, officials told The Associated Press.

New York City prison will have power by Monday, official say

The federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that work to restore power to a detention center in New York City where inmates have gone without heat and electricity for a week will be completed by Monday.

After slayings, North Carolina prison workers want pay raised

North Carolina needs to spend millions to sharply raise pay for prison guards to more than a fast-food restaurant manager's salary and attract applicants to fill hundreds of vacant positions, a problem outside experts say contributed to the slayings of five workers in 2017.

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