Raleigh, NC – The warden of a North Carolina prison was suspended from duty after inmates claimed they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals. An investigation into the convicts’ allegations is ongoing, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.
Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall was put on paid leave pending the outcome of the State Bureau of Investigation of the alleged incident at the Clinton prison. A second correctional was reassigned after the supposed hot sauce incident, according to the Associated Press.
A total of six inmates stated that correctional officers at the Sampson Correctional Institution made them perform multiple “humiliating acts” including “gulping” hot sauce and then rubbing it on their bodies. The North Carolina prison inmates reportedly had painful blisters as a result of the alleged hot sauce incident. The male convicts also maintain that they were made to simulate sex acts for the enjoyment of the prison guards.
Inmates at the Clinton prison also claim that correctional guards made them catch and kiss wild snakes while working on the road crew. Additional action could be forthcoming against other Sampson Correctional Institution personnel, according to the Corrections 1 website.
A statement from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reads:
“Upon review of an internal investigation, [the Division of Adult Correction] has referred the inmate allegations to the SBI for their review and any subsequent actions they deem appropriate. DAC considers the allegations to be serious and the alleged actions in violation of policy, which warrants further review by management.”