Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2017

The two prison employees killed in an attempted escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institution on Thursday were a corrections officer and an employee of Corrections Enterprises, the prison industry that operates a sewing plant at the prison, a N.C. Public Safety spokeswoman said.

Remedy Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, works 32 organizations over the express that utilizes 2,300 detainee specialists, as per the gathering's site.

After the fire was set, several inmates unsuccessfully attempted to escape, reports CBS affiliate WTKR. Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, supervised inmates working in the Specialty Sewing Plant.

The Pasquotank Correctional Institution, a high-security prison for men, had 729 inmates on Thursday, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools posted on Facebook at 4:40 p.m. that the lock down was lifted.

NCDPS said the prison houses 725 male inmates in close, medium, and minimum custody.

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"Those who work in our prisons do a hard and demanding job that is critical to our safety", he said.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to PCI from other state prison facilities and are assisting the local prison staff, WTKR reported.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

The website says the prison has four buildings and has areas for inmate housing, a visiting area, recreation area, a dining hall, a warehouse, classrooms, medical offices and administrative offices. There was no immediate word on their conditions. Family of patients are being asked to avoid the Albemarle campus at this time.

Students who are bus riders who have not arrived home as of yet, will be returned to the school until we hear further from Emergency Management. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.

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