Lockdowns partially lifted at 6 Georgia prisons

| July 12, 2016

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FORSYTH, Ga. (WCTV Eyewitness News) – Corrections officials in Georgia have partially lifted lockdown conditions in six of eight prisons that faced the restrictions after numerous instances of violence related to gang tensions.

The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a news release that visitation was reinstated and restricted movement allowed at three prisons starting last Thursday. An additional three prisons were to be put on restricted movement beginning Tuesday.

The six prisons where lockdown was partially lifted are: Autry, Calhoun, Ware, Hancock, Macon and Valdosta state prisons.

But two other prisons — Smith and Telfair state prisons — remain on lockdown.

The Department of Corrections has said an inmate died after he was found unresponsive June 11 at Calhoun State Prison. And multiple fights on June 20 at Smith State Prison sent 16 inmates to the hospital.

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