Politics & Government

NC Central Prison Hospital the focus of an investigation

A state corrections official Thursday confirmed that an outside agency is conducting an investigation at Central Prison.

Spokeswoman Pamela Walker would not provide any details, but the focus of the investigation appears to be the prison hospital.

Walker, in an email to The News & Observer, said the Department of Public Safety “cooperates with inspections, audits or investigations by any regulatory agency. Any regulatory request is taken seriously, and the department is committed to full cooperation and corrective action, if necessary. As part of an internal review at Central Prison Hospital, the department has made reassignments.”

Walker declined comment Thursday night when asked if part of the investigation involved a top administrator at the hospital.

“No one has been fired,” she stated in an email.

The hospital at Central Prison is a regional medical center with 120 inpatient hospital beds and a 216-bed mental health facility. More than 550 people are employed at the hospital, according to the state Department of Public Safety website.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225