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North Carolina lawyers have two weeks to argue that the state's prison system and a half-dozen managers aren't responsible for a prison guard's fatal beating her father blamed on unaddressed problems including chronic understaffing and insufficient training.

Updated at 11:35 p.m. ET

Inmates at prisons across the U.S. are expected to stage a weeks-long strike beginning Tuesday to demand better living conditions and prison reform.

Organizers say the demonstrations — including hunger strikes and a refusal to work — are in response to a riot in April at South Carolina's Lee Correctional Institution in which seven inmates died.

An escape attempt at Pasquotank Prison ended in the murders of four prison employees.
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The North Carolina prison where four employees were killed during the deadliest breakout attempt in state history was so understaffed that workers cut corners in ways that created opportunities for mayhem, according to a federal report released Thursday.