Tue., July 28, 2009 1:51pm (EDT)

Control of Central State Hospital's Maximum Security Facility Changing Hands
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

Cook Building at Central State Hospital
Cook Building at Central State Hospital
Control over a state facility in Milledgeville, that houses patients who have also committed crimes, is changing hands. The new State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Forensic Services unit is taking over Central State Hospital's Cook Building. The facility houses close to 200 inmates who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or who are incompetent to stand trial.

Back in April a resident was charged with murdering a fellow patient. He was there after killing his cellmate in the Dekalb County Jail. The United States Department of Justice visited the hospital after the murder and said improvements were needed. Management will not change for the rest of Central State Hospital where hundreds of Georgians with mental illness and developmental disabilities currently live.