In the midst of a federal investigation into Georgia’s prisons for civil rights violations, we decided to use one prison in South Georgia as a case study. The things we found are chilling. An 88-year-old man is shot while he’s sleeping. Another man is murdered one county over. A woman is found dead in a mobile home park. And somehow they all link back to the same prison, illuminating many of the complex problems that plague our criminal justice system. This…is Prison Town.
This reporting is supported by the Center for Collaborative Journalism and The Georgia Virtue.
Riots broke out at Smith State Prison on February 8, 2023. Evey Wilson Wetherbee and Jessica Szilagyi explain what this has to do with a murder that happened in Glennville, Ga. two years earlier.
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