Page 84. " So I took the plea, and spent eighteen months at Polk Youth Center in Raleigh. "

Polk Youth Center

Polk Youth Center, located at 1001 Veazy Road in Butner, North Carolina, opened on November 15, 1997. The facility was named after Col. William Polk, an officer in the Revolutionary War, and was built on the grounds of Camp Polk which was a tank base during World War 1. When the facility opened in 1997 with the transfer of inmates, its primary purpose was to focus on young criminals between the ages of 19-21. Later in 2003, due to an increase demand for prison space, Polk Youth Center began to house individuals between the ages of 19-25. In addition to housing young males, the facility is also the home to inmates whom participate in job assignments and other programs. In October 1998, the Polk Youth Center opened its high security maximum control unit. The next big change

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occurred in 2003 when the facility changed its name from the Polk Youth Center to the Polk Correctional Institution. The facility, under the administration of Lawrence Solomon, currently has an inmate capacity of 1,012, has a staff size of 545, and has a closed custody level.

Submitted by student author, Kristin Karas

Page 91. " the judge increased the bond on each individual charge to a total of $450,000 and ruled the case would go to superior court. "

In the United States judicial system, Superior Courts are such because they have unlimited jurisdiction regarding legal cases that are criminal or civil as opposed to the limited jurisdiction of the lesser courts.  More specifically, in North Carolina, the Superior Court has general jurisdiction if the legal matter exceeds $10,000 or if it is a felony case.  All felony cases tried in Superior Court are done so before a 12-person jury.

Submitted by student author: Alexis Luther

Page 95. " It was a clear January morning when we drove up to Central Prison, just past downtown Raleigh. "
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Central Prison, located in Raleigh, NC, is a structure, completed by inmates in December 1884 for just $1.25 million.  Since then, the building has undergone $37.4 million worth of renovations.  The prison currently has an inmate capacity of 1000 males.  They must be 22 years of age or older and have a sentence of greater than 20 years.  The inmates are provided with job assignments, adult education, therapy sessions, team sports, and worship services if they choose to participate.  The facility is operated by the North Carolina Department of Correction and sits on 29 acres of land, almost all of which is bound by a double wire fence with a razor ribbon top. 

Submitted by student author, Kelsey Weiss