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Resource ID: #14593
Subject: Prisons
Source: ABC News Primetime Live
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Date: September 24, 1997

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This story is a classic illustration of abuse of power. In this instance by a former funeral home director with no hands-on law enforcement experience who won a political appointment to lead Georgia's burgeoning prison system. Within weeks of assuming the job, Wayne Garner was leading SWAT-like teams of prison guards on shakedowns throughout the state. With each shakedown came prisoner allegations of abuse, escalating with the bloody shakedown at Hays prison in July 1996. The violence of that day remained a secret until last year, when testimony taken in conjunction with a prisoner lawsuit began leaking out.

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