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