Judge names expert to scrutinize NC prison virus response

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has agreed to name a third-party expert to scrutinize the COVID-19 response within North Carolina’s prison system.

Prisons are experiencing a surge in cases and a growing number of inmates have been hospitalized.

Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier said on Friday that he’s worried about the pressure the coronavirus is now placing upon correctional institutions.

A key task of the special master he picked will be to ensure that additional inmates at higher risk for COVID-19 complications can serve at home or in safer settings.

Rozier also wants all correctional workers who come in contact with prisoners tested every two weeks.

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