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.
Authorities said two of the dormitories at Telfair State Prison in south Georgia were on lockdown after a large fight Monday night. Three inmates were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were not available.
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.
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.
Execution of Emmanuel Hammond will go forward. Defense attorney's say Georgia Department of Corrections bought lethal injection drugs from "back room" supplier. Corrections officials say drug works fine.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating 2 prisons in Tattnall and Macon Counties for possible abuse by guards. GBI Spokesman John Bankhead says the head of the Department of Corrections made the request to the GBI Chief.