State prison officials have named a new interim warden at a northwest Georgia prison where three inmates have died since mid-December. Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens on Wednesday named Rick Jacobs acting warden at Hays State Prison in Trion.
The state Department of Corrections is hosting a military personnel job fair Wednesday at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth. The agencies have approximately 800 jobs available for military personnel returning from duty.
The Georgia Department of Corrections is moving more than a dozen prison officials. The changes affect prisons across the state but are being called routine. The Department has named eight new wardens, six new deputy wardens and two new superintendents in a total of 13 facilities.
Records show that one of the drugs that was to be used in Warren Lee Hill's scheduled execution in Georgia last month had expired two weeks before he was scheduled to die. The Department of Corrections tried to change its procedures from three drugs to one — a barbiturate — in an effort to keep the execution on track.
Some inmates at a state prison are continuing a hunger strike to protest a variety of issues. Supporters of the inmates demonstrated outside the department's Forsyth headquarters this week. They are calling on Commissioner Brian Owens to consider the inmates' demands.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement Tuesday it will begin using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital for the death penalty. It had been using pentobarbital as part of a three-drug combination.
State officials are working to increase the number of prison inmates who have access to skills training and remedial high school coursework. The goal is to train prisoners for jobs so they don’t re-offend.
The police chief of a north Georgia town has resigned after a scathing report found his department violated its policies while investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found days later in a trash compactor at her apartment complex. Also, the man who admitted killing the girl apparently killed himself in his prison cell Thursday.
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.