Adult Corrections

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NC computerized prison mail system is both cruel and a rip-off

BY: - November 23, 2023

I’ve been doing life in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction (NCDAC) for almost 22 years. In 2021, the NCDAC made my life worse by contracting TextBehind to remotely scan and print our mail, supposedly to thwart synthetic drug smuggling, although it is widely accepted that prison employees are the main source of contraband. […]

an aging prisoner in his cell

Latest budget still includes expanded eligibility for prison medical release

BY: - September 20, 2023

Following the lead of a budget drafted by Senate legislators earlier this year, the latest version of lawmakers’ budget proposal would expand medical release for elderly people in state prisons. Current law dictating the medical release of old or sick incarcerated people is very narrow: they must be so sick that they’re likely to die […]

Assisting prisoner reentry, new bill would pay formerly incarcerated stipend for food, housing and clothes

BY: - April 24, 2023

A bill filed last week would require the Department of Adult Correction to give indigent people exiting its prisons monthly stipends for housing, food, clothing and transportation for up to six months after their release. The proposal, filed on April 20 and sponsored by nine Democrats representing Durham, Mecklenburg, Cumberland, Guilford, Wake and Orange counties, […]

Report: Some incarcerated people don’t trust NC’s prison grievance system

BY: - March 29, 2023

Fear of punishment, concerns that prison staff thwart attempts to submit grievances cited A new report on North Carolina’s prison grievance procedure found that some incarcerated people do not think the policy resolves their complaints and fear they will be punished for raising an objection about their confinement.

Monday numbers: Nearly 19,000 children in NC have a parent who’s imprisoned

BY: - March 13, 2023

Data obtained through a records request illustrates how many parents are in North Carolina prisons — and how many kids have parents behind bars Almost 10,000 people in North Carolina prisons are the parent of a child younger than 18 years old. And at least 18,800 children across the state have a parent who is […]

Rehabilitation, solitary confinement, staff vacancies in focus at confirmation hearing for new corrections chief

BY: - February 1, 2023

Senate Judiciary Committee questions Todd Ishee before voting on his appointment later today. As state senators peppered him with questions gauging whether he should be the secretary of the new Department of Adult Correction, Todd Ishee repeatedly returned to the same point: education and vocational programs are important for many those among the roughly 30,000 people held in the state’s prisons, 95% of whom will be released someday.