Georgia Investigating State Prisons Plagued by Doors That Won’t Lock


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't lock, says Georgia Pundit. Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show other high-security prisons — facilities rife with gangs, hardened criminals, and constant threats of violence — continue to be plagued with doors that won't lock, a problem one top lawmaker said needs to be explained. Rep. Earl Ehrhart wants to “hear a real clear excuse” about why so many locks fail at state prisons. Ehrhart, who serves on both the committee that writes the state budget and the committee that oversees the Department of Corrections, said there should be a systemwide review of prison security. “That floors me,” he said. “I want to know who sold them to us, I want to know if they're still in business in the state of Georgia.” The full Journal-Constitution story is available only to paid subscribers.

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