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Expert: Blind Spots Persist At NC Central Prison Might Of Led To Inmate Abuse

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A court-appointed expert says North Carolina’s Central Prison still has blind spots that are hidden from the view of new security cameras added last year following inmate abuse allegations.

The cameras and digital recorders were installed after eight inmates sued in federal court over beatings allegedly meted out by guards in Unit One, a section of the prison where those cited for disciplinary infractions are held in solitary confinement. The inmates say they were shackled and handcuffed before being taken from their cells and severely beaten in unmonitored areas.

A report filed in U.S. District Court by former corrections administrator Eldon Vail says the new cameras still don’t monitor all the blind spots where abuse is alleged to have occurred. Vail also reported finding lenses out-of-focus and smudged with grime.

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