An internal review of conditions inside North Carolina's Central Prison found that inmates with serious mental illnesses were neglected by staff and locked away in fetid cells.Read the full article
That neglect, which included the failure to properly track anti-psychotic medications, may have contributed to the death of at least one inmate, a 2011 report says.
The review, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, found:
. Inmates inside the Raleigh prison were left isolated for weeks of "therapeutic seclusion," sometimes without clothing or a mattress, in cells described as roach-infested and with human waste puddled on the floor.
. Others were strapped to their bunks in an improper manner that allowed them to bang their heads against the concrete wall.
. Chronic understaffing led to situations where the sick went untreated and suicidal inmates sometimes went unmonitored.