Repeat Violations Prompt Johnson State Prison to Fail Health Inspection

A number of repeat violations led to the failure of a Georgia Department of Corrections facility in its recent health inspection.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health visited Johnson State Prison in Johnson County on December 11 to find that a number of recurring issues previously brought to the attention of GDC officials have yet to be addressed. The ongoing issues prompted DPH to give the facility a grade of ‘F’ on its most recent health inspection.

From rodents and roaches to a laundry list of broken equipment, the facility landed a grade of 64.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Observed multiple rats and roaches in the kitchen facility.
    • The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests should be controlled by internal controls but are not.
    • “This has been an ongoing problem with little to no change – cages that were being ordered last time still have not been put into place. An SOP needs to be discussed with the Prison Warden and corrective measures need to occur. Repeat violation.
  • Person in charge not performing duties
  • No paper towels or hand soap available at sinks.
    • When discussed with 1st shift manager he said he did not know where the key was to unlock the soap dispensers and add new soap.
  • Food sitting directly on the floor.
    • Several bulk items – oil, flour, rice bran flakes canned goods – all observed with holes in bags rat dropping and pee sprayed on bags in storage facility. Items need to be lifted off the floor, properly wrapped and area needs to be cleaned and repaired due to rats and roaches.
  • Multiple foods cold holding temped above 41 degrees. Discarded during inspection
  • Action items in need of repair or replacement: 5 cooking ovens, 1 tilting skillet, 1 cooking kettle, 1 griddle, 1 smaller freezer unit, 1 bulk ice machines
  • Multiple sinks out of order
  • Floors, walls, and ceiling have several holes, tiles broken that need to be fixed and repaired

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16 Comments

  1. Well my husband is there and they don’t give out blankets to the inmates in there. My husband has to use a broken bucket for a pillow. The prison industry in the state of Georgia is cruel to their inmates. I feel very bad for my husband. I know people do wrong but at least have the proper things in the prisons.

    • This is really sad i have a son there Georgia needs to get it together or think The Feds needs to come on down here and do some investigating and lock up all the corrupt staff.

  2. Here is absolutely no excuse for the violations. Everyone involved from the Warden down needs o be fired. Since they are repeat violations the ones in charge simply don’t care.

  3. I have a loved one there. He has been there about 7 months and has one lung due to cancer. He has copd and emphysema as well. He is TWO months into his third lung infection! Has been waiting over 6 weeks for a medical appointment!

  4. This is a 18th amendment violation. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution says criminal defendants have the right to be free from “cruel and unusual” punishment. The Constitution guarantees defendants’ fundamental rights and protections tied to their treatment by corrections personnel during their confinement.Punishment that is inhumane or violates basic human dignity may be deemed “cruel and unusual.” There is no one-size-fits-all definition of cruel and unusual. My son is there. What must be done to protect our family members.

  5. No matter what the Crime…These PPL are Still Humans…and should be Treated as Such..bc GOD IS THE ONE WHO GIVES VENGEANCE AT THE END…I PRAY A CHANGE WILL COME,… INMATE’S GET GOD N YOUR LIVES N REPENT OF YOUR WRONG ….HE WILL INTERVENE….PRAYERS

  6. A young man was murdered in his cell last year and the facility just moved inmates in that cell which still has the deceased blood and brain matter on the walls, doors, etc.

  7. Inmates have written several grievance my son has a grievance appeal # 360419 that we pray gets to the central office because he been sick from eating food from the cafeteria and salmonella can kill you…

  8. It’s so much wrong at that prison and no one wants to acknowledge it. It worse than you think. My husband calls me everyday and complains about the living quarters of the prison to the dining area and how the refuse to give any of the offenders the correct medical attention.

  9. My brother is there and he said that he can’t sleep at night for roaches crawling all over him in his bed at night. And he can’t get to medical for wound care because there is no officers there to open the door and gates on the east side the fed need to come on and take over the warden and staff don’t care they need to clean up this prison are shit it down

  10. My son got stabbed last night at Johnson state prison. He got stabbed in the back of his head and neck. He wasn’t seen by medical until this morning. They saw him gave him a tetanus shot and sent him back to his room. He can’t feel his legs and he can’t walk. I’ve called and got transferred around. I finally got the wardens admin assistant. She took my number and said she would have the warden call me. I’m still waiting to get a call and my son is laying in his cell paralyzed. I am in Arizona and feel completely helpless. I need someone to help me get my son medical care.

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