Agency audit of prison where mentally ill inmate held before death finds others not at risk


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Other inmates at a North Carolina prison where a mentally ill inmate died of dehydration aren't at risk.

WRAL reports ( ) that's the findings of an internal audit of Alexander Correctional Institution. Several prison workers were fired or resigned due to the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, who died of thirst in March after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days.

Employees of the state Health and Human Services Department reviewed the prison's mental health services. The prison met all but six of 40 standards for care and treatment, although concerns were noted in several categories.

Mental health groups say progress prison officials have made since Kerr's death is not enough to fix issues at Alexander and the state's more than 50 other prisons.

Information from: WRAL-TV,

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