Over 3,000 inmates evacuated from path of hurricane in NC

RALEIGH, NC (WSPA) - North Carolina officials say they have evacuated over 3,000 adult and juvenile inmates from facilities in the path of Hurricane Florence.

In addition to those facilities, 300 people housed in four county jails have also been evacuated.

All of the inmates being evacuated are being allowed a free phone call to a family member over the weekend.

"With safety and security the top priorities in the Division of Prisons, this has been a major undertaking not only within Prisons but with our law enforcement partners across the state," said Deputy Director of Prisons Carlton Joyner. "I want to thank our staff both in the facilities and here at Prisons Administration for their hard work and outstanding efforts during this massive undertaking. In the end, we hope everyone stays safe and secure during Hurricane Florence."  

26 people were evacuated from three Juvenile Detention Centers and their families were notified when they arrived at their temporary assignment, according to officials. 

All inmates will be moved back to their original facilities once the storm subsides and it is deemed safe to return.

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