CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - Several Georgia prisons have been placed on lockdown because of rising tensions between gangs.
State officials tell us after the homicide at Calhoun state prison on June 11th, and multiple fights at Smith State Prison, where 16 inmates were injured, they decided to restrict movement and cancel visitation.
On June 20th multiple fights broke out between several gangs in different areas at the Smith State Prison.
Four inmates were treated at the prison with minor injuries, and those other 16 inmate were taken to nearby hospitals.
Four people were arrested in the murder of inmate Joshua Brooks that was killed on June 11th including three inmates, and a correctional officer.
Other incidents at Autry, Hancock, Macon, Telfair, Valdosta, and Ware State Prisons have also prompted lockdowns to ensure the safety of inmates.
Once the July 4th holidays wrap up state officials say they will reevaluate things.