North Carolina Department of Correction - Correction News - December 1998

Spotlight on Carteret Correctional Center

Duncan Daughtry is the superintendent of Carteret Correctional Center. When he first started working at Carteret in 1984, there were 22 staff members and 184 inmates. Now Carteret has 79 staff members and 300 inmates, but he said the unit is still small enough that most of the staff know each other. "We have a lot of esprit de corps here," he said. He also pointed out that the prison is in a good location - close to the beach.
Bobbie Conner is an administrative assistant I. She is responsible for the prison’s purchasing, budget and personnel. She also supervises the accounting clerk, clotheshouse officer and the mailroom officer She has been at Carteret for almost seven years. "It’s a real family atmosphere here," she said. "It’s kind of laid back, but there is never a dull moment."
Tony Florence is the programs director at Carteret. The prison offers inmates several educational programs including a horticulture program, AB-GED program and a compensatory education program.
Officer Leon Turnage is the son-in-law of Charlie Meeks, former superintendent of Carteret Correctional Center who retired in 1997. Turnage is a dorm supervisor, overseeing two inmate dormitories. He rotates between the two dorms every 15 minutes and is responsible for making sure everything is cleaned up and running smoothly. Turnage said he has a duty to both the inmates and the public and always tries to do his best both in and outside of work.
Bill Corder is the unit’s food service supervisor. Thirty inmates and four assistants work with Corder in the kitchen. They must feed 300 inmates breakfast and dinner every day. Since Carteret is a work camp, half the inmates are gone for lunch Monday through Friday. Corder is also responsible for ordering the cleaning supplies for the unit.
Charlene Belton is a processing assistant III. She says that she does a little bit of everything including serving as the recorder for disciplinary hearings, handling paperwork involving grievances and keeping the visitation books up-to-date. She has 25-plus years with the state, the last four at Carteret. "The people are wonderful here," she said. "We have a good staff."
Tom Wellington is the transportation officer for the unit. He transports inmates to disciplinary hearings, to the hospital, court, weddings, funerals and anywhere else they need to go. He also takes care of all vehicle maintenance. He is retired from the Marine Corps and decided to take a job with DOC as a way to stay active.
Sgt. Johnny Long is a first-shift sergeant at Carteret. There are six sergeants, two on each shift. Long is responsible for getting the inmates up and out to work or sent to court. He also is responsible for the cleanliness of the unit, making sure the center meets sanitation guidelines. He said first shift is a busy shift at Carteret.
Officer Juliana Godette is the mailroom clerk. Supt. Daughtry said she has the best personality of anyone at the unit. "You never see her without a smile on her face," he said. Godette inspects all incoming and outgoing inmate mail. She said she is known as "Hawk Eye" because she catches it all.
Ted Howell is the Community Work Squad sergeant. He oversees three crews of inmates who maintain five area counties. The crews do ditch clearings, litter pickup and other jobs such as hurricane cleanup. "I have enough work right now to keep them busy for the next two years."
Programs staff member Tony Lunsford handles the Think Smart Program, the prison’s educational programs and oversees the community volunteers.
Enoch Hasberrry is a programs assistant at Carteret. He is the recreation coordinator, he handles marriage arrangements and he is also learning how to do job assignments.
Officer Robert Boyette is a dorm supervisor at Carteret. He said he enjoys his job and looks forward to learning something new everyday. "If you work for good people, you enjoy going to work," he said.
Cathy Bitner is the unit’s nurse in charge of the medical department. She handles emergencies, sick calls, diets and makes sure medication is distributed properly. Some inmates have to take medication three or more times a day.

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