Smoking Ban In Prisons
North Carolina would ban smoking inside prisons under a bill that cleared by the House judiciary committee on which I sit. Superintendents in at least 51 of the state's 76 prisons already bar indoor smoking by prisoners and Corrections Department employees. The remaining prisons would have to prohibit smoking by January 1, 2006. Smoking still would be allowed in prison yards. Senate Bill 1130 also orders the department to ban smoking completely in at least one prison as a pilot project and report back on how it was implemented. The officials also would tell lawmakers by early 2007 about the feasibility of banning tobacco at all prisons. The measure now goes to the full House. The Senate already passed a similar version.