STATE PRISONS 6

STATE PRISONS 6


AND, I’M KEN WATLING. THANKS FOR JOINING US. THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCED THEY WILL TEMPORARILY STOP OPERATIONS AT THREE PRISONS. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THIS IS MEANT TO DEAL WITH HIGH STAFF VACANCY RATES AND ENHANCE SAFETY AND SECURITY. BUT HOW WILL THIS CHANGE WILL IMPACT OUR LOCAL JAILS? 9 ON YOUR SIDE’S AMBER JOSEH IS DIGGING DEEPER, AMBER WHAT DID YOU FIND. KEN SHAYLA THIS DECISION WILL HAVE A DOMINOE AFFECT ON OUR LOCAL JAILS. FROM BACKLOG OF INMATES— SENTENCED TO PRISON TO REVENUE AND TAX DOLLARS TO HOUSE INMATES. I SPOKE TO THE PITT COUNTY SHERIFF ABOUT WHAT THIS COULD MEAN. “I fully expect now that with the closing of those three other prisons that that back log will increase.” THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCED THEY’LL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND OPERATIONS AT THREE MINIMUM CUSTODY PRISONS. TO ALLEVIATE HIGH STAFF VACANCY RATES; ENHANCE SAFETY AND SECURITY. PITT COUNTY SHERIFF PAULA DANCE SAYS THIS DECISION WILL HAVE A DOMINOE AFFECT ON LOCAL JAILS. “it increases the capacity at the detention center of local inmates that we are holding” THE PITT COUNTY DETENTION CENTER CAN HOLD NEARLY 500 INMATES. DANCE HAS ALMOST HIT CAPACITY AT TIMES DUE TO BACKLOG AT STATE PRISONS. “without being able to move inmates that are sentenced to prison my greatest fear is that we are going to reach over capacity ill have to send back federal inmates that we do make that revenue off of and then accept a 40 dollar a day when its actually costing us 70 dollars per day per inmate.” THIS ALSO AFFECTS THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE JAILS CAN BRING IN. “it’ll decrease my ability to produce revenue for the county taxpayers” “the state pays us 40 dollars a day to hold those inmates, that is space that I could use to house federal inmates at 100 dollars a day.” HOKE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION… TYRRELL PRISON WORK FARM… AND ODOM CI WILL SUSPEND OPERATIONS IN PHASES IN THE NEAR FUTURE ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE. QUOTE GFX: ACJJ CHIEF DEPUTY SECRETARY TIM MOOSE SAYS “WE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS TO AID IN REDUCING VACANCY RATES AND KEEPING OUR EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITIES SAFE.” DANCE HOPES SOMETHING CAN BE DONE. “maybe the sheriffs association will be able to write a bill do something have those conversations with the department of public safety to express our concerns as sheriffs’ and our ability to be able to even hold our own inmates let alone state inmates at a reduced price.” CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND STAFF WILL BE MOVED TO NEIGHBORING PRISONS. INMATES WILL BE RELOCATED STATEWIDE. THE AGENCY WILL RE-EVALUATE THE THREE PRISONS’ STATUS SIX MONTHS AFTER THE SUSPENSION. IN THE STUDIO AMBER JOSEPH 9 ON YOUR SIDE. A KILL DEVIL HILLS POLICE LIEUTENANT IS ON LEAVE AFTER AN

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