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DOJ Expands Probe In Anti-LGBTQ Prison Violence In Georgia After 44 Murders In Last 12 Months

LGBTQ Nation reports that The Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into the allegedly deplorable conditions in Georgia state prisons, sparked by an ongoing investigation into anti-LGBTQ sexual violence committed by prisoners and staff in Georgia. The sweeping probe will investigate the culture of violence in Georgia prisons which resulted in at least 44 homicides in prison in 2020 and 2021, and at least one major prison riot. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said that the DOJ has received “sufficient justification” to expand the investigation into whether the state’s prison system violates the Constitution’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishments,” with families of inmates and advocacy groups documenting the deplorable conditions in Georgia prisons, including prisoners covered in blood, groups of inmates armed with machetes, and evidence of cells with no functioning toilets.