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Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Georgia. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

  • Georgia Approves Aggressive Blueprint for Prisoner Reentry Initiative
    Georgia criminal justice reform will push the pedal hard over the next several months with rapid expansion of the state’s prisoner reentry initiative. Millions of federal grant dollars will become seed money for fifteen pilot project sites starting now through the 2017 calendar year. The goal is to give released inmates a better chance to succeed when they go outside the walls....[more]

  • Dr. Bryant advocates higher education for convicts
    On Oct. 10, Dr. Maxine Bryant held a lecture at the Ogeechee Theater. She discussed some ideas concerning the future of Armstrong. Bryant wants the school to “open it’s doors to convicts.” Citing ASU’s mission statement, particularly it’s aim for a “diverse learning experience,” Dr. Bryant wants to use “higher education as a desistance factor.”...[more]

  • Jail program helping inmates --- and dogs: Fulton participants caring for, training and socializing animals.
    Susan Jacobs-Meadows had always wanted to find a way to help animals when she discovered a way to help people in the process. In January 2012, she started Canine CellMates and began to develop a program that would reduce recidivism and ......[more]

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

Gangs in Prison

  • Two Federal Inmates, White Supremacist Members, Found Guilty of Racially Motivated Murder
    “This verdict shows that, even within the federal prison system, violent offenders must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The fact that this particular homicide was motivated by racial animus makes these defendants’ actions all the more reprehensible. The Department of Justice and its Bureau of Prisons endeavor to protect the life and safety of every federal inmate. We remain vigilant and will do everything we can to ensure that prisons are as safe as possible for every inmate and employee.”...[more]

  • Four MS-13 Members Convicted for Murders: Crimes were "Brutal"
    After a four-week trial, a federal jury has convicted Miguel Alvarado-Linares, Ernesto Escobar, Dimas Alfaro-Granados and Jairo Reyna-Ozuna for committing multiple murders, attempted murders, armed robberies and firearms offenses in Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties.

    The convictions were announced today by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates; Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta; and Mark F....[more]


  • Ga. parole staff to meet with crime victims
    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parole officials are giving crime victims a chance to discuss their cases with parole staff......[more]

  • Georgia sets new execution date for convicted killer Warren Hill
    Georgia has scheduled a new execution date of July 15 for Warren Hill, the man convicted of a 1990 murder who came within two hours of being put to death early this year before a federal appeals court called a halt......[more]

  • Execution date set for Georgia death-row inmate whose lawyers say he's mentally disabled
    The commissioner of the Department of Corrections on Wednesday set the execution of Warren Lee Hill for July 15 at 7 p.m., the office announced in a news release. Earlier Wednesday, a judge had signed a warrant setting a window for the execution between noon on July 13 and noon on July 20......[more]

  • Three quit, four suspended at DeKalb youth detention center
    Three officers at the Department of Juvenile Justice short-term lock up in DeKalb County resigned and four others were suspended ...[more]

  • Corrections works to keep prison doors locked
    After three prisoner deaths in two months at Hays State Prison in northwest Georgia, state officials say they may have addressed one of the root causes of violence at the high-security facility: locks that don...[more]

Health & Medical Treatment


  • Why is Michael Lake still in a Cobb County jail?
    A mentally ill Smyrna man has been sitting in Cobb County jail for nineteen months without bond for essentially mailing legal papers to a junior-high crush he hadn't seen for almost fifteen years.....[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Prison Hunger Striker's Wife: Denial of Visits Unconstitutional
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit frequently hears cases brought by prisoners complaining about abuse or facility conditions or seeking to overturn their convictions. On Wednesday a three-judge panel of the court heard a more unusual prison case—one brought by the wife of a Georgia prisoner....[more]

  • Purchase of former Georgia prison by Execution Dr raises concern
    ATLANTA (AP) — A physician with a yearslong relationship with the Georgia Department of Corrections has bought a 700-bed former prison for $50,000 — half its appraised value — and stands to make millions running it as a nursing home for old and sick parolees....[more]

  • Defense expert says Ga. slayings of 8 people 'inconsistent' with lone-killer theory
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A defense expert says he believes there must have been more than one killer in the beating deaths of eight people found slain inside a Georgia mobile home....[more]

  • No debtors' prisons here, Cobb judge says
    • A Cobb County Superior Court judge freed former Glock executive Paul Jannuzzo Wednesday, saying it would be unconstitutional to keep holding him because, "We don't have debtors' prisons in this country."...[more]

  • Ga. parole staff to meet with crime victims
    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parole officials are giving crime victims a chance to discuss their cases with parole staff......[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Ex-convict sues U.S., claims prison doctor sexually abused him at Atlanta facility
    And the former prisoner is now suing the United States government for $1 million, claiming officials should've known better than to hire the physician, who eventually was indicted and jailed for groping inmates....[more]

  • For Union POWs, hope amid despair in Andersonville
    The prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Ga., has always been notorious. Close to 13,000 Union men died there from starvation and illness, a catastrophe retold many times in books and movies. But now the historic site at Andersonville is trying to highlight a different side of the story....[more]

  • Mother of slain Hays State inmate sues over son's murder
    Lawsuit accuses the state of knowing for years that security at Hays had deteriorated to “unconstitutional levels” where cell door locks didn’t work or were easily defeated......[more]

  • Three quit, four suspended at DeKalb youth detention center
    Three officers at the Department of Juvenile Justice short-term lock up in DeKalb County resigned and four others were suspended ...[more]

  • Corrections works to keep prison doors locked
    After three prisoner deaths in two months at Hays State Prison in northwest Georgia, state officials say they may have addressed one of the root causes of violence at the high-security facility: locks that don...[more]

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Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

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