Sixteen corrections officers at a northwest Georgia prison have either quit or are transferring as a new warden is set to begin duty. Some guards say they're not confident new security measures will keep them safe when a partial lockdown is lifted at the prison. The security upgrades were implemented in the wake of four inmate deaths.
Corrections commissioner Brian Owens sounded off Wednesday about an "epidemic" in illegal cellphones smuggled into Georgia's prisons. Owens told lawmakers that prison officials confiscated more than 8,500 phones in state prisons over the last 18 months.