1931 public laws – Ch. 145 Sec. 28

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CHAPTER 145 AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER TWO, PUBLIC LAWS OF ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY- ONE, AND ACTS AMENDATORY THEREOF AND ADDITIONAL THERETO, RELATING TO THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND PUBLIC ROADS. OF THE STATE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAINTENANCE THEREOF. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

The district prison camps herein provided for, and all county prison camps acquired by the State Highway Commission in lieu of district prison camps shall be under the control and direction of the State Highway Commission, and operated under rules and regulations to be made by the State Highway Commission, and approved by the Governor and the State Board of Public Welfare and Charities, and subject to such rules and regulations so adopted and approved, the State Highway Commission shall establish grades for prisoners according to conduct, and so far as possible introduce the honor system, and may transfer honor prisoners to honor camps. Prisoners may be transferred from one district camp to another, and the State Highway Commission may where it is deemed practical to do so establish separate camps for white prisoners and colored prisoners. In each district camp quarters shall be provided for the care and maintenance of such prisoners as may be sick, and a physician may be employed for such portion of his time as may be necessary and assigned to each of the several camps, and such of the prisoners as may be chosen may be used as attendants or nurses notwithstanding that such prisoners may not have qualified for such work as may be required by law; and any such prisoners as may have special qualifications to perform labor other than labor upon the public roads may be assigned to such special duties as the State Highway Commission may determine. All necessary directors, physicians, guards or supervisors, or any other necessary employees for the proper care, keep and handling of such prisoners, shall be employed by the State Highway Commission by and with the consent and approval of the Governor, and serve at the pleasure of the State Highway Commission.

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