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Warden Clay Tatum Out at Hays Prison

Feb 07, 2013 -- 4:05pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News) & Marc Summers (WEIS News) 

After three inmates were either murdered or found dead within a month at Hays State Prison in Chattooga County, a fourth inmate was killed this week following a transfer to the State Prison in Jackson, resulting in a leadership change at the institution.

Marc Summers with WEIS Radio has more;

"Yet another Hays State Prison inmate has been killed, this time the incident actually occurred at the maximum security prison in Jackson where the victim had just been transferred.  The victim was allegedly murdered by another transferring inmate from Hays shortly after arriving at the transfer yard of the facility.  Jackson is where closed security and death-penalty prisoners are sent along with inmates about to be transferred to other facilities in the state." 

Following the four deaths and the subsequent avalanche of negative PR, it was announced Wednesday that Warden Clay Tatum was being replaced by Rome native Rick Jacobs. Jacobs was formally the warden at Hays and had most recently been serving as Field Operations Manager for the Georgia Department of Corrections. The move was made by Governor Nathan Deal.

Two guards at the prison were also recently stabbed by inmates during a melee but have recovered and are back working at the prison.

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