DOJ investigates Georgia prisons after 44 inmates died, LGBT assaulted

The Justice Division on Tuesday introduced a sweeping investigation into the Georgia condition jail technique

The Justice Division on Tuesday introduced a sweeping investigation into the Georgia condition jail technique plagued by serious staffing shortages and a culture of violence and neglect in which at least 44 inmates have died by homicide because past yr.

Assistant Lawyer Normal Kristen Clarke, main of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the said the inquiry was sparked by alarming experiences of prisoner-on-prisoner attacks, along with prisoner and staff assaults on gay, lesbian and transgender inmates.

The department’s action expands on an current federal inquiry started off in 2016 that had been concentrated the sexual abuse of LGBT prisoners.

Previously this thirty day period, the Ga detention technique was named in a federal civil rights lawsuit, alleging “abysmal” ailments inside solitary confinement wings that have “deteriorated previous the point of constitutional crisis.”