When a fourth Hays State Prison inmate was killed in February, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal knew something had to be done.

Warden Clay Tatum was removed and a new leader was put in place.

Rick Jacobs, then the state's field operations manager for Northwest Georgia, assumed command before inmate Pippa Hall-Jackson could even be buried.

Five months and $2 million later, tougher security measures are in place at the Trion, Ga., prison for the most violent offenders, a new locking system has been installed and guards have stab-proof vests and soon will be armed with pepper spray.

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