‘Profound’ health risks found at Georgia medical prison

12:54 pm Nov. 13, 2017

Standing water and filth are just steps away from the operating room. So-called black mold grows in at least two places. And ceilings leak so badly that, in some places, large pads are needed to soak up the rainwater.

These and other unsafe and unsanitary conditions have existed for months and, in some cases, even years at Augusta State Medical Prison, the Georgia prison system’s flagship medical facility, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

911 call hinted at prison’s dysfunction after inmate’s hanging

11:45 am Feb. 20, 2017

Confusion reigned inside the isolation-segregation unit at Smith State Prison when inmate Richard Tavera hanged himself in his cell, and it didn’t end when guards finally summoned paramedics.

For more than a minute,  a prison official — a woman who didn’t identify herself by name — struggled to tell the Tattnall County dispatcher why EMS was needed at the Glennville facility, according to the recording of the 911 call.

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