Mark Carver is serving a sentence of life in prison without parole in the death of 20-year-old Ira Yarmolenko. But Carver insists he didn't kill her. In a six-part series, the Observer presents the defense he never got.
A Charlotte Observer investigation found that a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang violence thrives inside North Carolina’s prisons – and that the officers who are paid to prevent such corruption are instead fueling it.
Rosie Anderson was brutally attacked inside Central Prison in 2015. She survived - and posted the video of when she was attacked, hoping to make prisons safer. Since then, three other North Carolina prison employees have been killed. In April, Sgt. Meggan Callahan was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher, authorities say. In October, prison employees Veronica Darden and Justin Smith were also killed.
John D. Simmons
Prison officer released video of beating, then 4 others were killed
Prison officer describes her brutal assault while watching the video of it
Gang members with shanks attack rival inmates. Did prison officials allow the deadly assault?
Did an inmate smuggle a cellphone? Here's the unlikely way prison officers investigated.