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TRION, GA (Times Free Press) -- Before the killing spree began at Hays State Prison, there was Telfair.

This maximum-security state prison in Helena, Ga., reported a three-month rash of stabbings that ended last October with two inmates and Corrections Officer Larry Stell dead. He was the first state corrections officer killed in a decade.

Farther south in Georgia, six prisoners have been killed in two years of escalating violence at Smith State Prison.

This year, the Department of Corrections is funneling more money into security upgrades and scrutinizing Hays after four prisoners were killed in a two-month span. Yet numbers suggest that Georgia prisons across the state are growing more violent.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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