Tag Archives: Georgia

GA prisoners guilty in inmate death

From the article: “…Taylor had tattooed Parson in prison, but Parson didn’t pay for his ink. Prosecutors say an argument ensued when Taylor tried to collect and a fight broke out.”  The fight ended in Taylor’s death.

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GA: Half-dozen inmates break out of Ga. county jail

From the article: “The men escaped around 11 p.m. through a door into a plumbing mechanical area in the jail, Emanuel County Sheriff Tyson Stephens said. The jail had plumbing work done Friday night and a worker neglected to lock a door, he said.”

Is it just me, or does this beg the question: how did the inmates know that the worker neglected to lock the door??

Hmm….

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GA: Prison guard pleads in beating case

From the article: “In connection with his plea, McKenzie admitted that he saw members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) as they escorted an inmate, T. D., from the scene of an incident, to the gym.  McKenzie acknowledged that he knew that the officers would assault T. D. in the gym.”

“McKenzie went into the gym and approached the inmate, who was handcuffed and surrounded by CERT, and told him, “Don’t mess with my officers.”  A CERT member then punched the inmate and threw him to the ground, and defendant McKenzie did nothing to stop the assault.  Instead, McKenzie left the gym, knowing that CERT members would continue to beat the inmate.  McKenzie told Macon State Prison supervisors that the CERT members were beating inmate T. D., but the supervisors also took no action to stop the assault on the inmate.”

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GA: Guard fatally stabbed at Telfair State Prison

According to the article, the stabbing occurred in a dorm with only 80 inmates.  The prison’s website indicates that it is predominately a close security facility with double-bunked cells, with one unit dedicated to medium security inmates with programmatic needs.  As the article states that the murder occurred in a dorm, I am going to guess that it occurred in the medium security unit, which is all the more strange.

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Purported prison abuse videos prompt outrage in Georgia

From the article: “Videos purportedly showing guards abusing prisoners, including one male inmate being raped with a broom handle, have led to arrests and outrage both inside and outside the Eurasian country of Georgia.”

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Georgia Prisons ‘Out of Control,’ Rights Group Says, As FBI Brutality Probe Deepens

“A month earlier, in December 2010, Hall led an emergency response team at Macon State Prison in central Georgia responding to a fight between an inmate, Terrance Dean, and a guard. Hall’s team broke up the fight, handcuffed Dean, and took him into the prison gym. Dean emerged with a massive head injury, comatose and clinging to life.

For weeks, Hall and the rest of his team maintained that Dean “snatched away” from the officers holding him, then fell and hit his head while running away. But in the videotaped interrogation of Hall by Randle, viewed by The Huffington Post, the guard admitted the simple truth: a handcuffed Dean was beaten by guards as punishment for assaulting their fellow officer.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/georgia-prisons-guard-brutality-killings_n_1820145.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Navigating the mentally ill away from jail

Great article from CNN on the Opening Doors to Recovery program, a mentoring program for persons struggling with mental health who are particularly susceptible to falling into the criminal justice system.

Read the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/21/health/mental-health-navigator/index.html

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Jailer fired for sending Facebook friend request to Georgia inmate

“Authorities in northeast Georgia say a jail deputy was fired and another resigned after they sent Facebook friend requests to an inmate while she was locked up in the county jail.”

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/14/13276771-jailer-fired-for-sending-facebook-friend-request-to-georgia-inmate?lite

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5 inmates at Ga. prison charged in death of inmate

“Five inmates at a Georgia state prison have been charged in the killing of a fellow inmate that arose from an armed robbery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigationsaid Monday.

The five men, armed with prison shanks, stole food that Laderick Cornellius Chappel had bought from the prison store, GBI Special Agent Tom Davis said. Chappel immediately confronted the men and, during a fight that followed, was thrown to his death from the second floor of the prison dormitory, Davis said.”

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AJC investigates inmate care for expectant mothers

“It was 4:15 a.m. when pandemonium broke out.

For hours, DeShawn Balka, 5 1/2 months pregnant, had sat on a toilet in a Clayton County jail cell, complaining of nausea and stomach pain. Her cellmates thought it was little more than a case of indigestion. Then Balka started screaming: She needed a nurse right away. Her baby was in the toilet.”

Read more: http://www.correctionsone.com/correctional-healthcare/articles/5909609-AJC-investigates-inmate-care-for-expectant-mothers/

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