Suit: NC Prison Officers Helped Arm Inmate Gangs


Five former inmates at Lanesboro Correctional Institution have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that officers at the North Carolina prison repeatedly helped gang-affiliated inmates get weapons and wage attacks, reports the Charlotte Observer. Some officers went so far as to open locked doors to allow attacks on inmates, the lawsuit contends.

It's the latest in a string of troubling allegations about Lanesboro. The high-security prison has repeatedly drawn scrutiny after violence, inmate deaths and claims of improper conduct by officers. Earlier this year, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety asked the FBI to assist in a wide-ranging investigation into gang activity and other problems at the prison. The plaintiffs in the latest complaint say they were assaulted by fellow prisoners wielding contraband weapons. They're seeking monetary damages, along with changes to ensure the safety of current inmates at Lanesboro.

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