Progress has been made in North Carolina prisons, but more must be done.

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Annoying problems in NC prisons

The North Carolina Prison Division, one of the state’s largest agencies, has had many annoying problems over the past few years.

In 2017, five correctional staff were killed by criminals at two different correctional facilities, Bertie and Pasquotank correctional facilities.

Orthodontics Sgt.Megan Callahan He was killed during the assault of a prisoner. Only a few months later, four staff members were killed during an attempt to escape the prisoner. They were prison officers Wendy Shannon and Justin Smith, orthodontic company manager Veronica Darden, and maintenance mechanic Geoffrey Howe.

These fine staff were the first to be killed as a result of the assault of criminals since 1991. Prior to that, it was 1975 after the staff was killed.

These deaths in 2017 were a shock to us who were involved in orthodontics in our state.

By 2019, the situation in the prison department was not that good. Prison Secretary Todd Issy said in a report that the vacancy rate for orthodontic staff was almost 21%.

On average, two orthodontists were assaulted daily in state prisons.

We’ve made progress with the agency, but we still have a lot to do. One of the initiatives I support during this session is Senate Bill 501. It removes the prison sector from the Public Security Bureau, like the other 45 states, and establishes adult correction as an independent cabinet-level institution.

This organizational change provides direct attention and supports the needs of correction systems from the Governor, the North Carolina General Assembly, and the general public.

It will make our correction system better. It will make our condition better.

Void Bennett

Former director of the NC department of the prison 2001-2009.Correctional Bureau employee, 37 years old..

Senator Phil Berger and a school in North Carolina

“NC Senate Leader: Republican Vision for North Carolina is Clear” (April 22 Opinion):

In 2012, when the Republican Party ruled the North Carolina General Assembly, public schools were at a loss as budgets were projected to include billions of dollars in deficits, with about 7,500 assistant teachers in addition to other teaching professions. It has been reduced.

During the 2013 session, Republicans cut taxes on businesses and the wealthy.

2014-15, state budget is almost $ 500 million Less than what was required to maintain the status quo in the classroom.

If there were teacher assistants in the virtual classroom, how good would the kids be during this pandemic?

Republican leaders in North Carolina want to place colored children in private and charter schools instead of investing entirely in public education.

Instead of investing in all children, only the wealthiest children who can be driven out of family, friends and neighborhood by bus are the only resources and connections that lead to higher education and work that help them support themselves. You can access it.

And systematic racism continues. Phil Berger, leader of the North Carolina Senate, 2014 Harvard Study What did Charlotte last rank as dead nationally because of economic mobility from poverty?

Burger doesn’t know about North Carolina acceleration Pipeline from school to prison?? It pours vulnerable students from the classroom into court by criminalizing everyday disciplinary issues.

For decades, the state has planned prisons rather than investing enough in all our children.

Berger writes that North Carolina has become one of the best states in the country, but Education Week ranks public schools from kindergarten to high school in North Carolina. 37 out of 50 Given the state an “F” of spending per student.

Also, 11.3% Some North Carolina citizens are uninsured — one of the highest rates in the country, above the national average of 9.2%. Still, our Republicans continue to refuse to extend the coverage of Medicaid, a million people in North Carolina who do not have health insurance.

We can do better.

Karen DuBose, Charlotte

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