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Michael F. Easley

Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: Contact: Mike Stater
Date: Nov. 10, 2008 Phone: 919 -716-3700


Third Nigerian delegation to visit North Carolina prisons

RALEIGH A third group of prison managers from Nigeria will visit North Carolina prisons this month as part of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to reform its antiquated prison system.

Beginning November 17, Nigerian Prison Service managers will arrive in Raleigh to work with a host committee to learn what might help them reform the Nigerian prisons. This group will visit six prisons in Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Montgomery and Stanly counties.  It will also tour two Correction Enterprises manufacturing plants, where inmates produce meat, farm and cannery products. 

 “We are honored that they see us as a model correction agency,” said Secretary of Correction Theodis Beck.

Nigerian officials are coming to North Carolina to learn best practices in prison facility construction, security, management and rehabilitation programming.  The first delegation from the Nigerian Prison Service visited in October 2007.  

The prison systems of Nigeria and North Carolina are similar in size.  Nigeria has 144 prisons plus 83 satellite camps with a total population of about 40,444.  North Carolina has 79 prisons with a population of about 40,200.

Monday, November 17
9 a.m.           Division of Prison Headquarters, Raleigh
2 p.m.           Harnett Correctional Institution & Correction Enterprises Meat Processing Plant

Tuesday, November 18
10:30 a.m.        Albemarle Correctional Institution
2 p.m.             Southern Correctional Institution

Wednesday, November 19
10:30 a.m.       Caledonia Correctional Institution & Farm/Cannery
2 p.m.             Tillery Correctional Center

Thursday, November 20
10:30 a.m.        Maury Correctional Institution
4 p.m.             Division of Prison Headquarters, Raleigh


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