- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House is demanding state prison officials hand over records when medical examiners are looking into inmate deaths while in custody.

Legislation unanimously approved on Thursday comes a year after the death of Anthony Michael Kerr. The mentally ill inmate died of dehydration after being locked in a solitary cell for weeks.

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

Several workers at Alexander Correctional Institution were fired or resigned in connection with Kerr’s death. A state Health and Human Services Department review of the prison’s mental health services found all but six of 40 standards for care and treatment were met.

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