N.C. Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks met a chilly reception Jan. 25 while briefing legislators on the results of a top-to-bottom prisons review.
Hooks, who took office at the Department of Public Safety one year ago, faced public inquisition following two prison tragedies within his first few months of service. Altercations and jailbreak attempts at Bertie and Pasquotank Correctional Institutions left five prison employees killed. Several other employees and inmates were injured.
On Thursday, Hooks spoke before the Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee, where legislators peppered him with questions about employee morale, hiring practices, and lack of preparedness in the face of attack.