Prison safety

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The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the department’s civil rights division, says the civil investigation will be comprehensive but will focus on “harm to prisoners resulting from prisoner-on-prisoner violence.”

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.