North Carolina’s major prison, Lanesboro Correctional Establishment, one particular of the point out’s most risky and understaffed prisons, will shortly be converted to a women’s institution, reports the Charlotte Observer. It is a main alter that point out leaders hope will enhance basic safety and stability. Lanesboro, a maximum-stability prison located 45 miles southeast of Charlotte, will get a new name: Anson Correctional Establishment. For many years, Lanesboro has been roiled by violence and corruption. Dozens of officers and inmates have been attacked there considering that it opened in 2004.
An Observer investigation found that at least 8 officers had been caught bringing in medicines, cellphones and tobacco from early 2013 to early 2017. The state’s plan calls for transferring most of the 1,800 male inmates to other prisons. “We are converting the amenities to enhance basic safety and stability,” claimed prison director Kenneth Lassiter. He claimed the adjustments need to “enhance administration of shut custody male inmates who demand greater supervision by shifting them into smaller sized amenities and smaller sized housing units.” It will consider up to a calendar year to make the adjustments. Staff shortages at Lanesboro have manufactured a risky situation far more so, some officers say. In January, far more than one particular of every single a few officer positions at the prison was vacant.