Raleigh Prison Warden Steps Down Accused Of Abusing Inmates

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The warden of North Carolina's Central Prison has stepped down following an internal review critical of conditions for inmates with mental illness under his supervision.

Correction Secretary Alvin Keller has disclosed that Central Prison Warden Gerald Branker retired Nov. 1 in the wake of an earlier review that found that inmates with serious mental disorders were often isolated for weeks, sometimes nude, in cells puddled with human waste.

The scathing report on conditions inside the prison's mental unit was first made public on Monday by The Associated Press.

Gov. Bev Perdue later called the report's contents "unacceptable."

DOC administrators had previously denied anyone was fired or disciplined over the internal review. Branker had worked at the Raleigh prison since 1979, starting as a correctional officer.


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  • by Gordon Location: Grifton on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    lock a inmate up from the time he gets there to the time he leaves. never leaving the cell and in a small cell alone.that would stop the stabbings and killings and gangs. no mail, no phone and no visitors.
  • by Gale Location: Candler on Nov 21, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Try to explain how NC spends about 35,000 each year warehousing inmates who maintain a recidivism rate of over 80%. Would you pay 35k/yr. tuition to a university whose students boast an 80% failure rate? I think NC tax payers have more tar in their brains than heels. Do the math 40k inmates @35k per year, all failing together. NC Corrections Dept. gets an F- in corrections management. Tax payers get the same grade in awareness. Stupid is as stupid does.
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      by uh on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to Gale
      This means that simply locking someone up does not reform their behavior. When someone continues negative behavior despite potential loss of freedom, etc. then it means somehow either the opportunity cost still makes the crime worthwhile in that person's eyes, or there is a pathology. What we need is systemic research and funding for prevention. Prevention of crime is much less expensive than building prisons. For instance, higher education degrees reduce recidivism dramatically and are less expensive than incarceration. I agree that the corrections system as it stands does not work.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM in reply to uh
        Education to reduce crime is a dead horse some people try to ride. Many outside volunteers are willing to come inside the prisons to tutor inmates to get their GEDs. Very few inmates try to obtain their GEDs. Some trade schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities offer deferred tuition to inmates from nearby honor grade camps but very few inmates take advantage of this opportunity. A few inmates will even say,” Why devote six months, two years, or four years of long tedious study to obtain a certificate or degree when the quicker and easier road to riches is to sell drugs or to steal. To force an inmate to study is cruel and unusual punishment.What is your source for "higher education degrees reduce recidivism."
  • by Patsy Cline on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    YAY!!! lets send them to a prison in North Korea or Iran. Better yet, send them to Bev's house for scones and tea.
  • by tod Location: enc on Nov 20, 2011 at 02:42 AM
    the prison system hires felon convicted admitted child molesters AS DOCTORS im not making this up witn covered the story in july 07 the child molester is making 180k of your tax dollars so this story no surprise
  • by telluwhat on Nov 19, 2011 at 11:38 PM
    all pro inmate posters on this site go work in a prison for a couple of years. see what you have to deal with on a daily basis. then after you have some knowledge on what its like dealing with these people see if your thoughts change. trust me ive been there and done that..inmates throwing urine and feces on staff..yea yall please turn your applications in soon.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 19, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    Send them all to North Korea , Soviet Union , China , Mexico , Put them all in their prison system! Abusing Inmates is normal!
  • by 40some on Nov 19, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    Give him a medal. Prison isn't supposed to be fun, or an enjoyable stay. It's not a resort.
  • by Helen Location: Greenville on Nov 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I hope the Governor will demand an audit of the medical charges billed for the mentally ill in prison. Better to get in front of this mess now. Cruelty is NOT acceptable anywhere in North Carolina, imo. I know some consider prisoners and persons with mental illnesses the dregs of society. Maybe they are but remember one thing - "but for the grace of God go I".
  • by Fomer CO on Nov 19, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    It is amazing how many idiots reside in NC.Yes, some commenting here.Go work in one of these Units.Urine and feces flung in your face,assaults on staff and other "patients",hollering and banging all nite to get attention.Fires, yes fires, set to get moved near their "Lover".The average person has no comprehension of what goes on in one of these "mental health" units.GO work for $28,000/yr and see what happens there.It's almost as bad in all NC prisons.System is BROKE
  • by tax paying citizen on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    I guess they would of rather us give these prisoners a flat screen TV, steak for dinner, and a really nice gym...in my opinion, criminals should be kept in the worst conditions possible, not the Four Seasons..then maybe they would actually learn a lesson.
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