Serving a prison sentence is meant to be corrective rather than luxury, however there are some prisons in Georgia that are just downright scary. These are the types of prisons that lack the basic human privileges of most, like gyms or decent meals. Some of these prisons have conditions that hover around dangerous levels. Take a look some of the most deadly prisons in Georgia.
1. United States Penitentiary Atlanta: Atlanta, Georgia
This prison notoriously makes the list for worst prisons in the U.S., year-in-and-year-out. At around 2,000 inmates, this prison has been known for housing transfers in 56-square-foot isolation cells for weeks at a time. One of the most famous events at this prison was the 1987 riot including Cuban detainees who actually set fire to the prison. Guards and prisoners alike both suffered injuries from the riot. Other notable inmates at this prison include Michael Vick and Bernard Madoff.
2. Ware State Prison: Waycross, Georgia
This closed-custody facility primarily houses inmates who have behavioral issues, which was most apparent on April 29, 2013 when 29-year-old Atlanta native Detravia Bryant was found dead in his cell. Although the prison ruled it a suicide, the family suspects foul play.
3. Baldwin State Prison: Hardwick, Georgia
A brutal attack in Baldwin State Prison left one man lucky to be alive. The issue? This wasn't the first reported incident at this facility. Holding only up to 992 inmates at a time, Baldwin is considered a medium security prison for men. However in 1984, when the prison was solely a women's facility, several women sued the prison, accusing employes of sexual abuse. By 1993, that number of women suing the prison rose to almost 200.
4. Georgia State Prison: Reidsville, Georgia
This main maximum security prison in Georgia houses around 1,500 inmates, some of which are the most dangerous in the entire state. This prison once served as a death row prison, where it's said that the remains of an electric chair can still be found. In the 40s and 50s, volunteers were offered a chance to flip the switches for only $25.
5. Smith State Prison: Glennville, Georgia
What's been publicly addressed as one of the worst prisons in the state, Smith State Prison has been called out for inhumane treatment, as well as notorious gang violence. In 2011, an inmate was killed without any explanation to the public as to why. The only response to the death from the Department of Corrections spokeswoman was that it wasn't a riot.
6. Hays State Prison: Trion, Georgia
In 2015, a longtime corrections officer was killed in an accident at this state prison. Although it was said that no foul play was involved, this wasn't the only time this facility made headlines. In 2013, two inmates were charged in the murder of another inmate inside the prison. Then later that year, more than 140 cellphones were confiscated as contraband, but not before a very violent fight was uploaded online by one of the inmates.