Correctional officers in the state prison system have a new spotlight this year, with allies including Gov. Pat McCrory pushing to raise their pay.
McCrory’s proposed budget says the state’s guards should be paid more. The current average pay is less than $30,000.
McCrory said during his State of the State speech in February that a North Carolina correctional officer was assaulted on the job every 11 hours last year.
The Insider, a state government news service affiliated with The News & Observer, took a closer look at the issue and visited Central Prison in Raleigh to talk with correctional officers, and superiors who started out in that job, to see what the day-to-day is like.