In the wake of five staff deaths at a North Carolina prison, the state Senate is forming a committee to figure out how to make correctional facilities safer.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced the formation of the committee on Wednesday. It will be lead by Sen. Bob Steinburg, a Chowan County Republican whose district includes both the Bertie Correctional Institution and Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
The five prison staff deaths came in 2017 at the Pasquotank facility.
North Carolina has already committed $15 million toward beefing up prison safety.