From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis comes details of a new report presented to the Governor’s Crime Commission on challenges facing North Carolina’s prison system.

Researchers interviewed prison leaders from Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oregon, and Michigan.

The report outlined nine recommendations for DPS, all of which were grouped into three categories: invest in personnel, establish cohesive organizational culture, and improve facility safety. Most notable were employee “wellness programs,” increased perimeter security, and a year-long program to strip prisoners of cell phone contraband.

The recommendations are just one response to what DPS Secretary Erik Hooks calls “the most dangerous and violent year in North Carolina corrections history.”

Read the full story here. It includes a link to the full report.