A video leaked from Smith State Prison shows a violent inmate-on-inmate fight from Friday that ultimately sent four to the hospital.
The video, captured from the second floor of the dormitory, shows several inmates with knives and shanks stabbing another inmate, who is on the ground, repeatedly. Grunts and moans can be heard as the inmate is stabbed multiple times. He eventually crawls to a bench to take cover before the video ends.
The person recording the video is talking as the fight takes place and he is complaining that ‘this’ is what he has to deal with ‘every day.’ No corrections officers can be seen in the video.
Warning: Video depicts content that is violent and what would be considered ‘disturbing’ to some readers. It also contains explicit language.
TGV News published a photo Friday showing two ambulances and three helicopters in the yard of the Warden’s house at Smith State Prison.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said four individuals were transported to area hospitals. Tattnall County EMS called for the assistance of three life flight helicopters due to the nature of the injuries. A GDC spokesperson told WSAV that they do not decide when an inmate is life flighted out, essentially blaming the costly transport options on Tattnall County EMS. Local paramedics are currently responding to Smith State Prison multiple times per week.
GDC, however, minimized Friday’s incident saying it was contained to just one dorm and that injuries were ‘non-life-threatening.’
Friday’s fight followed another stabbing Wednesday, which left a 31-year-old inmate dead. GDC has not commented on that death other than to say it is being investigated as a homicide. First responders also transported two individuals on Monday of the same week for a stabbing and an assault with a pipe.
Smith State Prison in Glennville has been the hub for a host of issues inside and outside of the prison, but the Georgia Department of Corrections has failed to make any changes to improve conditions for the staff or inmates.