Did State Prisoners Protest or Not?

December 10, 2010  |  

(AJC) — At least four Georgia prisons were locked down Thursday in an effort to head off an expected inmate protest demanding pay for the work they do, more education opportunities and better living conditions.  “We have a non-negotiable mission to protect and serve the public, as well as the offenders in our custody,” said Tim Ward, director of the state Corrections department unit that operates the prisons. “The Department stands prepared to respond to any emergency within our facilities.” Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said there had been no problems at any of the state’s 30 prisons and there was nothing to suggest the long-rumored protest happened.

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