After prison worker deaths, DPS toughens penalties for inmate infractions
Inmates in North Carolina prisons will face tougher penalties for offenses committed behind bars, starting next week, officials said Friday.Posted — Updated
"We have continually heard from employees that changes needed to be made to the offender disciplinary policy," Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks said in a statement. "Offenders need to be held accountable for their actions while in prison, and these changes will not only aid in managing inmate behavior, but will also help enhance safety within prisons."
The changes include shifting possession of a weapon, using profanity and disobeying a prison staffer to a higher category in the rubric the state prison system uses for meting out punishments. Also, more serious offenses will lead to the loss of more good-behavior-credit days, and sanctions won't be decreased for inmates who plead guilty to infractions.
The changes take effect Jan. 3.
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