A video obtained by TGV News depicts violent episodes in Smith State Prison Wednesday night following the arrest of the prison’s warden, Brian Dennis Adams.
The video appears to show multiple inmate-on-inmate attacks over the course of the 30-second clip. Inmates appear with shanks or other similar items while others can be seen assaulting inmates with their fists and feet. The scene is a chaotic one with inmates chasing after one another while others flee to their cells.
The general public often refers to incidents like these as ‘riots,’ but the Georgia Department of Corrections refers to them as ‘disturbances.’
Violence broke out in the prison on February 8, 2023, within an hour of the news breaking about Adams’ arrest by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for Bribery and felony other charges. The Georgia Department of Corrections followed the news of his arrest with an announcement of the termination of Adams.
Ultimately, two inmates were taken out by helicopter life flight and five others were taken by ground transport to area hospitals. WTOC News reported late Wednesday evening that the prison was on lockdown, but on Thursday evening, additional fights and violent episodes were reported to TGV News by both inmates and correctional officers. As of Saturday morning, injuries to correctional officers had not been reported.
Smith State Prison, located in southeast Georgia’s Tattnall County, is a ‘close security’ facility run by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The facility can house upwards of 1,500 inmates at any given time and has remained in the headlines over the last year and a half after court documents shed light on the out of control hellion that Smith SP has become. You can read more TGV News coverage on Smith State Prison here. It is one of three prisons, including the now-shuttered Georgia State Prison, located in Tattnall County.
WARNING: THE VIDEO BELOW IS GRAPHIC AND DEPICTS VIOLENCE. THERE IS NO SOUND, BUT IT IS DISTURBING. IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.