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Before the story airs: Pizza parties for prisoners?

Posted May 12, 2014 3:14 p.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2014 9:07 a.m. EDT

Cullen Browder

This story came from a WRAL Investigates news tip. A local state prison regularly orders take-out for inmates? Convicted murderers and sex offenders get pizza parties? We were intrigued and sent an undercover camera to see for ourselves.

Sure enough, 364 pizzas, 137 orders of wings – a $2,500 fast food delivery. That’s only the beginning.

Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., learn the Department of Correction’s explanation for why it happens on a regular basis. What we found drives the debate over the balance between punishment and rehabilitation. Is this a privilege you think inmates should have?

WRAL Investigates prison pizza parties Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.