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Prison warden reassigned while escape reviewed

Posted February 13, 2009

— State Department of Correction officials have temporarily reassigned the administrator of a close-custody prison in Scotland County while they investigate a recent escape attempt.

Department spokesman Keith Acree said a prisoner was located Feb. 2 outside a building at Scotland Correctional Institution but within the fenced area of the prison.

Correction Secretary Alvin Keller said a preliminary investigation found internal prisoner-count procedures weren't followed correctly.

"The first job of this department is public safety, and this kind of lapse in protocol is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Keller said in a statement announcing the temporary reassignment of Scotland Correctional administrator Frederick Hubbard.

"I have alerted all prison managers and other top corrections personnel that I am taking these matters seriously and will demand high expectations and personal accountability," Keller said. "In addition, I have taken steps to assure a strict adherence to internal protocols system-wide to reduce the chance this occurs again."

Other prison workers could be disciplined as a result of the investigation.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said she backed Keller's actions.

“I will not tolerate public safety being put at risk because procedures were not followed by some prison personnel," Perdue said in a statement. "I have directed Secretary Keller to take swift action based on his investigation and to take action system wide to ensure strict adherence to policies that protect the public.”


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  • hippygirl Feb 16, 2009

    the ONLY solution is to pay DOC employees what they're worth. They risk their lives everyday that they go to work. DOC employees are not treated like other law enforcement agencies. What do you think happens to the bad guys when they get to prison!?! They certainly do not become good guys. Yet, DOC employees are the lowest paid state employees. Many have to take on 2nd jobs. They are overworked, working 12 hour shifts, often working 18 hours in order to fill in vacancies on other shifts. It's no wonder that mishaps like this one get what you pay for, and the state of NC is paying DOC employees as little as they possibly can, leaving DOC employees with a sense of not being valued or respected for what they do...which is keep criminals away from the public.

  • smalldogsrule Feb 13, 2009

    That administrator is correctly titled SUPERINTENDANT.

    There are only TWO "WARDENS" in NC, one at Central Prison and one at NCCIW (which has only come about in the last 10 years). These are Legislated Positions.