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Inmates With Mental Illness Neglected

An internal review of conditions inside North Carolina's Central Prison found that inmates with serious mental illnesses were neglected by staff and locked away in fetid cells.

A 2011 report says that neglect, which included the failure to properly track anti-psychotic medications, may have contributed to the death of at least one inmate. The report was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Jennie Lancaster is the chief operating officer for the N.C. Department of Correction. She says living conditions for inmates will improve when the state this month opens a new $155 million health care complex at Central.

No prison staff were fired or disciplined following the internal review, which was performed last spring by two prison system nurses.


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