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ATLANTA — At the first legislative hearing to tackle the spike in violence in Georgia prisons, two state senators called on corrections officials to answer for how prisoners in many cases were able to predict their own deaths.

"This is long overdue," said Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta."We need to move heaven and earth to address this."

Since 2010, 32 prisoners and one officer have been killed by prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections. In 2012 alone, Georgia had more homicides in its state prisons than several states had in the last 10 years.

Four of those slain prisoners in late 2012 and early 2013 were at Hays State Prison in Trion, Ga., where audits revealed many of the cell door locks hadn't worked in years.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.
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