published Monday, January 28th, 2013

Guards stabbed at Hays Prison

A view out the front door of Hays State Prison, in Trion Ga., reveals one of the many watch towers on the property.
A view out the front door of Hays State Prison, in Trion Ga., reveals one of the many watch towers on the property.
Photo by Staff File Photo.

Two guards at Hays State Prison were stabbed early Sunday morning during a fight with inmates, the Georgia Department of Corrections confirmed Sunday night.

A corrections officer and a corrections sergeant were stabbed when they tried to get several inmates back in their cell around 1 a.m., sources said.

Rick Jacobs, field operations manager for the corrections department, said neither officer had life-threatening wounds. Both were treated and released from the hospital.

He said the attack is under investigation. He declined to comment on whether the inmates had left their cells in the middle of the night when they were supposed to be on lockdown.

In a month's time, three inmates have been attacked and killed at the maximum-security prison in Trion, Ga.

Sources inside the prison and family members outside have described an institution on the ragged edge of control. Locks don't operate right, so inmates can roam within the buildings. Sometimes only one guard is assigned to monitor a cell of about 62 prisoners or a building with more than 120 inmates, sources have told the Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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