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Pitt juvenile detention facility evacuated


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pitt County Regional Juvenile Detention Center was one of three youth facilities the state Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice evacuated prior to Hurricane Florence’s arrival, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The Pitt County facility is located on West Belvoir Road, which is at the end of the Pitt-Greenville Airport. The airport is prone to flooding and a nearby neighborhood was evacuated during Hurricane Matthew.

The three facilities had a combined population of 26 youth; a breakdown of the number in each facility was unavailable.

Families were notified when the youth arrived at their temporary assignment, the release said.

All offenders will be moved back to the affected facilities once the storm subsides and it is deemed safe for operations to continue.

About 300 offenders in detention facilities in Carteret, Beaufort, Dare and Chowan counties also were moved.

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has evacuated more than 3,000 offenders from facilities that were in the path of Hurricane Florence.

All adult offenders affected by the move will be allowed to make 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.”