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Guards blame Hays higher-ups for security failures

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TRION, GA (Times Free Press) -- A cluster of Georgia and Tennessee corrections dignitaries gathered at Hays State Prison in June 2011 to witness a prison under control. Dozens of officers in body armor massed to sweep through the cellblocks to demonstrate how Georgia corrections runs a prison with order and structure.

The showing that day prompted officials to label Hays the "new flagship" of Georgia prisons. But multiple guards and former officials at Hays say the demonstration was a sham.

Multiple officers say they were ordered by their supervisors the night before the search to go cell to cell and warn inmates that squads were coming to search for their homemade knives and illicit cellphones.

And if the officers didn't find contraband, inmates were told, they would receive a reward: pizza and fried chicken.

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