- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some lawmakers are seeking to require North Carolina’s prison system to hand over its records to the state medical examiner after an inmate died in custody.

The bill sponsored by House Democratic Leader Larry Hall of Durham would require the N.C. Department of Public Safety to share “full and accurate copies of all records” to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

The bill comes after the death of Anthony Michael Kerr, an inmate with mental illness who died of thirst in March after being locked for weeks in a solitary cell.

The Associated Press reported in September that prison officials refused to provide copies of key records, rendering the medical examiner unable to determine whether Kerr’s death should be classified as natural, accidental or homicide.

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