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  • mcprison mcprison Mar 2, 2001 5:20 PM Flag

    NC bill on private guards

    The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)

    March 2, 2001 Friday, FINAL EDITION


    LENGTH: 126 words

    HEADLINE: Committee approves bill on prison guards

    BYLINE: From Wire Reports


    RALEIGH -- A Senate committee recommended for approval
    Thursday legislation that would give police power to guards at a
    new, privately run prison for federal inmates in Hertford County.

    The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

    The Senate Judiciary II Committee approved the bill even
    though several of its members expressed strong reservations about
    privately run prisons.

    The bill's sponsor, Sen. Frank Ballance, a Warren County
    Democrat, said the move was the only way to ensure the safety of
    the community around the prison being built near Winton.

    Wackenhut Corrections Corp. plans to open the prison later
    this month. It will house 1,200 low-risk inmates now held in
    crowded jails in Washington, D.C.

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