NC prisons pay $190,000 fine for drug record-keeping lapses

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prison officials are agreeing to pay a $190,000 penalty for failing to keep track of prescription drugs that had the potential of being diverted to inmates.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the dozens of lapses occurred during the last two years of former Gov. Pat McCrory's administration at the two Raleigh prisons that house separate death rows for men and women.

U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr.'s office said investigators found at least 88 occasions that medical staff at Central Prison and the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women failed to document how controlled substances were dispensed and disposed of. Prosecutors say there was no evidence drugs were illegally used, but the substandard record-keeping could have allowed substances to be diverted.

Public Safety Department Secretary Erik Hooks says his agency took responsibility for past practices and made corrections.

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