Ministry of Justice Announces Investigation into Prison Conditions in Georgia | USAO-MDGA
MACON, Georgia. – The Ministry of Justice today announced the opening of a state-wide civilian investigation into the conditions of detention of prisoners held in Georgian prisons.
The investigation will examine whether Georgia offers detainees reasonable protection against physical abuse inflicted by other detainees. The Department will also continue its current investigation to determine whether Georgia offers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) detainees reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by other detainees and staff.
“Ensuring the inherent human dignity and worth of everyone, including those incarcerated in our country’s prisons and prisons, is a top priority,” said Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division of the Ministry of Justice. Justice. “The Ministry of Justice’s investigations into the conditions of detention have succeeded in identifying systemic constitutional violations and their causes, in correcting these causes and in bringing the violations to an end. We are investigating violence and abuse in Georgian prisons to determine whether there are constitutional violations and, if so, how to stop them.
“The conditions of detention which allow detainees to engage in dangerous or even fatal activities are an injustice, endangering the lives of detainees, staff and other prison staff,” said the US prosecutor by Acting Peter D. Leary for the Middle District of Georgia. “Our local law enforcement and prison service partners, with whom we work closely every day, are essential to our common goal of achieving a safer Georgia for all. Under the leadership of the Ministry’s Civil Rights Division, we look forward to working with our state partners to address our mutual concern for safety in the correctional system.
“People sentenced to prison terms in Georgia Department prisons deserve to be treated humanely,” said Acting US Attorney Kurt R. Erskine for the Northern District of Georgia. “Our office is committed to ensuring the safety of state prisoners while they serve their sentences. We look forward to working in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Corrections to ensure the safety of all individuals in its prisons. “
“This investigation is an example of our office’s commitment to end violence in our district, no matter where it is, no matter who the victim is,” said Acting US District Attorney David H. Estes for the District. southern Georgia. “We look forward to working with the State of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and our counterparts in the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Central Districts. Georgia to continue our shared mission of keeping correctional facilities safe for the good of our community, the prisoners who are housed there, and the dedicated staff who work there.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Georgia encompasses 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties and covers more than 25,000 square miles. With respect to this investigation, the Middle District of Georgia is home to 15 Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC) prisons with close and medium security. The 15 located in the Middle District of Georgia are:
Autry State Prison, Baldwin State Prison, Calhoun State Prison, Central State Prison, Dooly State Prison, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, Hancock State, Lee State Prison, Macon State Prison, Pulaski State Prison, Riverbend Correctional and Rehabilitation Institution (the GEO Group), Rutledge State Prison, Valdosta and Valdosta Annex, Whitworth Institution for Women and Wilcox State Prison.
The Ministry did not come to any conclusion regarding the allegations in this case. The investigation will be carried out in accordance with the law on the civil rights of persons placed in institutions (CRIPA). Under CRIPA, the Department has the power to investigate whether violations of the constitutional rights of detainees result from a “pattern or practice of resisting the full enjoyment of those rights.” The Ministry has conducted CRIPA investigations into many correctional systems and, when violations were found, the resulting settlement agreements led to significant reforms.
The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice is conducting this investigation in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Districts of Northern, Central, and Southern Georgia. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Simon is leading the investigation on behalf of the Middle District of Georgia. Those with relevant information are encouraged to contact the department by phone at (844) 401-3736 or by email at [email protected]
Additional information on the Civil Rights Division’s CRIPA investigations relating to prisons and prisons can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/crt/rights-persons-confined-jails-and-prisons