State officials said illegal cell phones inside the Telfair State Prison were the cause of a large fight Monday night that led to three inmates being taken to a hospital and two of the dormitories being locked down. Georgia Department of Corrections officials said the disturbance brings to light the serious dangers of cell phones in Georgia's prison system.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles Monday will hear from supporters and opponents of Troy Davis' execution. The state is set to put the condemned prisoner to death on Wednesday for the 1989 fatal shooting of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. A UGA Law School professor says, there's too much doubt in Davis' case to carry out an irreversible sentence.
Georgia will switch to a new drug for prisoner executions after federal regulators seized its stockpile of sodium thiopental, a sedative used in the three-drug combination for lethal injections. The Department of Corrections plans to use pentobarbital instead.
Gov. Deal is pushing more alternative programs for non-violent drug offenders. It's a way to deal with the state's staggering prison budget. Several judges around the state already run alternative sentencing programs. One lesson they say Deal can learn from their experience is to find the money to pay for the best treatment available.