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No Thanksgiving turkey for NC prison inmates

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North Carolina inmates within the state's 53 prisons will not be eating turkey for Thanksgiving.

North Carolina inmates within the state's 53 prisons will not be eating turkey for Thanksgiving.

How could that happen in a state that's known as one of the leading turkey producers in the U.S.?

To feed turkey to the state's more than 29,000 inmates as part of their Thanksgiving dinner, the prison system needs to have 40,000 pounds of the bird.

But, North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson John Bull says overall turkey production is down due to the bird flu this year.

He says the inmates will have other options, like chicken and roast beef.

Sascha Cordner