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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 06:44

State Launches Investigation of Death of Alexander Co Inmate

The N.C. Department of Public Safety launched an internaI investigation this week following the March 12 death of inmate Michael Kerr, who was assigned to the Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville. The inmate had been transported from Alexander County to Central Prison in Raleigh to receive medical attention. Upon arrival in Raleigh, correctional staff discovered that Kerr was unresponsive. Despite efforts to resuscitate the inmate, he was pronounced dead.

As soon as a team of professional health services and custody staff completed its review of the inmate’s death, the team briefed department administrators, sharing their concerns about operations and health services care management at the prison.

On March 31, one employee resigned while under investigation. Disciplinary action will be taken, if warranted.

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