[UPDATE] Officials: 4 Ga. State Prisons on Lock Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 12-15 2:50PM --


The Georgia Department of Corrections says it is returning prisons that have been on lock down status to normal operating conditions.

The lock down was imposed last week after authorities discovered
that inmates were launching a protest seeking better work and
living conditions.

The lock down involves Hays State Prison in Trion, Macon State
Prison in Oglethorpe, Telfair State Prison in Helena and Smith
State Prison in Glennville.

Department officials say they began returning the prisons to
normal on Tuesday. They say that during the process, inmates will
have restricted movement, which requires them to be escorted
outside of their living units. Inside the living units, inmates can
move around freely and have access to telephones, showers and

Officials say no incidents were reported as inmates went to
breakfast and lunch.



Georgia corrections officials say four prisons have been locked down for security reasons.

Activists say inmates at 11 prisons across the state have been
on a peaceful strike seeking better work and living conditions.

The NAACP is urging the federal Bureau of Prisons to investigate
the treatment of prisoners during the strike. Georgia NAACP
chairman Edward DuBose says prisoners refused to leave their cells
and perform their jobs.

Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said Monday, December 13 there have been no major incidents at the four facilities that were locked down. She says they will remain that way until an internal
investigation and a security review are completed.


Atlanta, GA (AP) -

At least four Georgia prisons have been locked
down to prevent an expected inmate protest over living conditions.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that inmates are
demanding to be paid for their work, which includes cooking and
serving meals and cleaning the prisons and other government
buildings. State law does not allow for most state prisoners to be

Prison advocates say the inmates also want better educational
opportunities, better health care and healthier food.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said
lock down status meant the inmates had to stay in their cells and
could not receive visitors or phone calls. She said the state's 26
other prisons operated under normal conditions.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Frank Location: Trion on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    Whatever happened to prisons being about criminals being punished? They aren't there for comforts and luxuries. They are there because they broke the law. I say that their living conditions should actually be made just a little worse than they are now.
  • by Bah Ram You Location: Florida on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    Christy, what is your solution to the broken system? Please explain in detail with costs projections and so forth.
  • by CHRISTY Location: FL death row area on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    you people are all stupid. - youre angry about tax dollars going towards prisons. You ought to be angry that you're tax dollars are being spent to impose a broken system. WAKE UP SHEEP !
  • by AB Location: Ga on Dec 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    WCTV, please keep us informed how this turns out. I don't want to vote for anyone that chooses to reward these people for being criminals.
  • by Taltron on Dec 13, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Anonymous GA, although it is quite fun to tease the mortals, it is against the Galactic Code of Contact. Be careful or the council may take notice; and you know how persnickety they can be when awakened.
  • by marble Location: GA on Dec 13, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    Fine, pay them, educate them. Inmates should pay taxes, victim reimbursement, pay for appeals, pay attorney fees, child support, deductibles and 20% of healthcare, pay for meals, utilities, use of the gym and t.v. area. Sure, go ahead pay them.
  • by Hailey on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    REALLY! Prisoners think they should have better living conditions. I think not. They should have thought about this before committing a criminal act.
  • by really! on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    Anonymous-are you CRAZY! "..Just because someone is in prison that doesnt make them less of a person.."... UMM YES IT DOES! They broke the law, they are in there for a reason. They should not get special treatment. I work hard. I dont have cable, I dont have internet, I barely get by to eat and pay bills and thats it! All I need is necessities. AND THEY GET CABLE and INTERNET for free! What's wrong here. You anonymous are ridiculous!
  • by James Location: FL on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Your in jail for a reason, for being stupid. You should do work and not get paid for it. Why should the taxpayer pay you when you can't even live by the law. You want to get paid to work, then stay out of jail.
  • by Doc Location: GA on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    People get real, the inmates have more rights in prison than we do on the street. Paying inmates to work is not realistic, they are in prison to pay a debt to society for there convicted crime. Inmates receive medical care, thats the law. But we do not need to turn prisons into a country club so more become instutionalized and want to stay in the system. States, citys, and all of us are going thru very hard times with budgets, paying inmates would be as stupid as "putting a screen door on a submarine".
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