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DHHS, DOC reviewing inmate work program

Release Date: April 17, 2009
Contact: Renee McCoy, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH — As part of Secretary Lanier Cansler’s Zero Tolerance policy, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is working with the N.C. Department of Correction to investigate allegations of improper conduct involving Dorothea Dix Hospital employees’ supervision of inmates from the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women who were working under the Inmate Service program on the Dix campus.

DHHS is conducting an extensive internal personnel investigation. As of April 16, 2009, a total of four Dix employees are no longer employed at DHHS. The separations were based on incidents that enabled inmates to set up bank accounts, access e-mail and telephones and allowed inmates outside communications, all violations of policy and procedure. DHHS continues its investigation to determine if further actions are warranted.

Sec. Cansler has also asked the State Bureau of Investigation to determine if a criminal investigation is warranted. 

DHHS and DOC will review the status of the inmate work program at the Dix campus to determine when and if the program will resume.




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