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Lawsuit Raises Fresh Questions Over Safety of Prison Workers

A lawsuit by a prison nurse raises questions about the safety of medical personnel working in Georgia state prisons.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 42-year-old Alicia Butler is suing the Department of Corrections over a 2016 assault.

She says the prison system failed to properly supervise inmate Carlos Johnson Jr, who had been convicted of multiple rapes.

The lawsuit suggests that Johnson slipped into the room where Butler was working because only one officer was providing security in the medical unit. Under prison system policy, the suit contends that at least five officers should have been present.

In a series of stories last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution detailed how security lapses at Augusta State Medical Prison, the state's chief correctional medical facility, led several nurses to quit citing safety fears.