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Georgia prison safety threatened by faulty locks

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say faulty locks may be a root cause of the deadly violence occurring in Georgia's high-security prisons.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that state facilities housing gangs and hardened criminals continue to deal with the dangers of doors that do not lock.

Three prisoners died at Hay State Prison in Trion between December and January, with a fourth killed moments after transferring from Hays to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson.

Hays, which can house nearly 1,700 men, is considered one of the most dangerous prisons in the state system.

An internal audit last year found about 41 percent of inspected locks failed at both Hays and Valdosta State Prison. In February, the corrections department signed a $1 million emergency contract to replace cell door locks at Hays.

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