Contract nurse Wendy Vaught, foreground, checks on a prisoner Thursday, April 16, 2015 at North Carolina Central Prison Regional Medical Center and Mental Health Facility. Agencies, like the Department of Public Safety, rely heavily on personal services contracts to hire medical staff because it's difficult to recruit staff healthcare workers in the prison system.
Contract nurse Wendy Vaught, foreground, checks on a prisoner Thursday, April 16, 2015 at North Carolina Central Prison Regional Medical Center and Mental Health Facility. Agencies, like the Department of Public Safety, rely heavily on personal services contracts to hire medical staff because it's difficult to recruit staff healthcare workers in the prison system. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com
Contract nurse Wendy Vaught, foreground, checks on a prisoner Thursday, April 16, 2015 at North Carolina Central Prison Regional Medical Center and Mental Health Facility. Agencies, like the Department of Public Safety, rely heavily on personal services contracts to hire medical staff because it's difficult to recruit staff healthcare workers in the prison system. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com

North Carolina agencies pay millions for contract work

April 18, 2015 5:49 PM