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Cherokee County Detention Center Accused Of Inmate Abuse

a photo of Cherokee County Detention Center

Former guards from the Cherokee County Detention Center alleged a pattern of inmate abuse and improper conduct in a recent investigative report from Carolina Public Press.

In May, two guards were fired after an altercation with an inmate. In July, an inmate was arrested and hours later collapsed and later died. Former employees described an environment in which they were encouraged to use force and even coerce inmates into fighting. Following the reporting, jail administrator Capt. Mark Patterson resigned and Sheriff Derrick Palmer said he intends to make administrative changes. The inmate death is currently under investigation by the SBI. Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor to share the research behind the new reporting. They are also joined by investigative journalist Kate Martin who reported on Capt. Patterson’s resignation.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
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.