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.