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Little To No Punishment For Prison Staff Charged With Crimes

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Most state prison employees charged with crimes while on duty get off with little punishment, according to a new review from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. From 2013-2017, 57 employees were charged, and only four got prison time. 60 percent of criminal charges were dismissed.

State lawmakers asked DPS for the review following extensive reporting on prison employee foul play by Charlotte Observer reporters Ames Alexander and Gavin Off. Alexander and Off speak with host Frank Stasio about what is included in the review and what was left out. The review points to a systemic problem within the state prison system fed by underfunding and lack of training of prison personnel.

 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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