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

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

ATLANTA (AP) --

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
televisions.

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

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ATLANTA (AP) --

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.

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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
paid.

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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