The Human and Civil Rights Coalition of Georgia learned today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC).  The investigation will focus on CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person Act) violations by the GDC.  These are rights of prisoners guaranteed under the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

While this is welcome news, it is long overdue.  Georgia prisons are facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the failed leadership of both Governor Brian P. Kemp and Commissioner of Corrections Timothy Ward himself.

There have been thirty-three deaths in Georgia prisons from June 1 to July 28, 2021.  Georgia’s prisons are also becoming more dangerous by the day with stabbings, riots, and total unrest.

The Human and Civil Rights Coalition of Georgia supports the immediate removal of current Commissioner Timothy Ward.

We will work with the DOJ to bring about positive change to a broken and failed prison system here in Georgia