Hays State Prison
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Texas

Athens, GA

#1 Nov 14, 2008
The reason the escape happened was due to lack of employees. Budget cuts stopped them from hiring any new staff members. They are still not at the number of employees as they should. They have been short-staffed for so long they had to made it work to the best of their abilitys. The way the officers have been treated since the escape is sorry; everyone that was not on duty when the escape happened has been moved around and some had a shift change. But the others who was there when it took place, nothing was done at all to them. The only reason the news was told they were not "under-staffed" was to cover theirselves (the big shots) not the offices on duty which make the prison work. Without those offices hays would be mess. If they were to be staffed the way they should i can promise you the escape never would have happened.
jazz

United States

#2 Nov 17, 2008
i hope they find the funding quick...3 articles say he going back to Hays... 2 say Jackson Ga...He already made statements that he will get out again.....
summerville Questions

Byron, GA

#3 Nov 20, 2008
I agree with the fact that most of the Officers at Hays are completely miserable and appear to getting punished for something that had NOTHING whatsoever to do with their JOB PERFORMANCE! Bottom line is... Of Course the Comm. of Corrections is automatically stating that the escapes had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDJECT. So...It was only a LITTLE LIE..? WRONG!!!! Let's see... Hays has been SHORT STAFFED for God knows how long. Only THREE of SEVEN TOWERS were actually MANNED (for about a year or so now). Short Staff and Budject cuts or short falls! State was suppose to bring forth a RAISE IN PAY to the EMPLOYEES THAT ARE CLEARLY GROSSLY UNDERPAID! After announcing these RAISES....? A few months back the employees were told that the raises have been basically taken away before they even gave them. Not only that... usually when they do get raises???? The Health Ins. Premiums GO UP... Well... THAT IS STILL HAPPENING... BUT THE RAISES ARE NOT! HEY... COMMISH...."HIRING FREEZE"?? How long has that been on? FOR TOO LONG!!These People put their lives on the LINE every day. This is PATHETIC.
The things that are happening at Hays right now to the employees are horrible. You have a make shift Warden that is basically suppose to be running not ONE but TWO State Prisons at the same time? It appears that he is more concerned with staff not smoking, or making it so that it is almost immpossible for them to even smoke while they are on the property. INMATES ARE ALLOWED TO DO SO! WTF!!??
No Lighters or Matches are to be brought inside the Institution? Uhhh....I don't remember a FIRE BEING INVOLVED IN THE ESCAPES!!!! For as long as Hays has been around. This has NEVER HAPPENED. Rest assured that there are... as always has been...Employees that didn't get messed with at all after the escapes. They still have it as they have always had it. Even if they have resigned and then returned a year or two later. That is how they have it! Alot of things have been done and SAID FOR THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC. As I see it... the inmates have it better than the employees right now. That IS PRETTY PATHETIC! Alot of innocent employees have had their lives turned upside down because of a RAMBO WARDEN slinging folks around and not caring that maybe they are on one shift or another in order to juggle WORK, HOME,SCHOOL, FAMILY,,,etc. They couldn't give a F*CK! But......if you are one of the ELITE GROUP THAT HAS IT GOOD.. for what ever reason... You are set! All of this is so obvious.. IT IS CRAZY HOW IT IS NOT BACKFIRING SOMEHOW! AND BEING MADE EVEN MORE PUBLIC!!!! There are a few still employeed at Hays that have been proven to do things worse that what some of the inmates are in for ...t& they are not in Prison.... they are still Employeed at one though!
summerville Questions

Byron, GA

#4 Nov 20, 2008
jazz wrote:
i hope they find the funding quick...3 articles say he going back to Hays... 2 say Jackson Ga...He already made statements that he will get out again.....
Hays became a Prison that has 85% CLOSE SECURITY INMATE POPULATION a while back. Of course... That was not made PUBLIC EITHER.
Joe Smith

Fort Valley, GA

#5 Nov 24, 2008
Being a former corrections officer i can say that the Georgia Deparment of Corrections suck's to work for. They are under payed, under staffed and under respected. It dosent help that you have the Segerant and Lt and so on being very unpleast people. alot of the prison's Wardens are sorry. All they care about it is makeing sure there day goes by as easy as it can. They do not care about the guy on the frount line. When you have 100 inmates and 1 officer how do you think that the one officer is going to be able to catch everything? I also belive that if the deparment of corrections wasnt so racist it would help out alot. You have to treat all officers the same. You cant treat one better then the other due to his skin color. Least tell the truth the Deparment is mostly black and very few whites.The whites are treated any kind of way but yet they feel its ok. Well got what you had comming this time didnt you.
Summerville Questions

Byron, GA

#6 Nov 25, 2008
I really wished the the general public could know what it is actually like to work for the GDC. I have witnessed so many things that were pushed under the rug. I mean..it is almost as if the STATE is above the laws that are FEDERAL laws.With the state,....Why are they not required to follow the Dept. of Labor Laws? There seems to always be a way of the state getting around those or just ignoring them.
Even a Grocery store is required to give their employees a 30 minute break after only 5 hrs. on the job. Hey... as a state employee.....When you go home is when u get your break. Be it 10...12.....18 hrs! WTH?!So, even though Ga. Labor Laws are there, the State of Ga. can legally bypass the Labor Laws? Not quite fair.. is it?
one who knows

Kingsport, TN

#7 Dec 10, 2008
Ok bottom line on the escape, 3 people failed to do their jobs, the bldg officer, the central control officer and the perimeter officer. All three failed to follow policy. Now the but..3 people failed but it should have been six people I do not belive it could have gotten past six people. The other three should have been the two unmanned towers and the second perimeter vehicle that was not running to save money on gas. Now again let me state if the three had done their jobs the escape would not have happened either, but good security in a prison is based upon a checks and balances system and that system was not in place.
one who knows

Kingsport, TN

#8 Dec 10, 2008
Now as far as the new warden is concerned, He was sent to hays to break up the perceived good ole boy clique at Hays, Notice I said perceived. It is perceived by those in Atlanta. It is his job to make as many people quit as he can because Hays has the most senior officers in the state and they do not want to have to pay out all that retirement money to all those people.
summerville Questions

Kathleen, GA

#9 Dec 17, 2008
That definately sounds like the STATE! I got news for them though. I plan on sticking it out until I will retire and get something in retirement from them I'm not throwing away the years spent there and being loyal to my duties, nor the sacrifices that I have made in order to accomodate their "needs". THey would have to terminate me.
I do know that the bottom line is... the state will cover their own asses. It does not matter if you are a warden or a COI. Somehow the will cover their ass no matter what the cost to anyone of the employees. I guess the Comm. of Corrections really expected the public to believe that these escapes had nothing to do with the budject or shortages? It appears that he thinks that everyone of us in the state are Dumb Asses! It was so obvious then and MORE THAN OBVIOUS NOW! The state of Ga. is talking of taking away day/s of work (unpaid of course) in order to save $$$$. Well, that really sounds like the state has some huge issues with $$$ to me! Not only that... regardless of saving $$$, they will again put the security of this and other prisons in the state at risk. Not to mention the employees. Bottom line is that it IS the Security Staff that will ultimately pay for this. Be it money, safety or their lives. Most ppl at Hays do perform their duties as they are meant to be performed. What they get in return is NOT from the state, but what they do get is to exit that prison when their shift ends and know that they did the job as well as they could possibly do it..... and were able to leave to go home..ALIVE!
It would be interesting also to know the exact number of Institutions that were closed just this past year in the state of Ga. I KNOW that there are way more than SEVERAL! Somehow, that does not make it to THE NEWS! Detention centers, bootcamps, and prisons! But, hey .. let's cut back on working days....DON'T GIVE THOSE PAY RAISES that we announced that we were giving, and LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS! WYH? At the cost of security, safety, shortages, loss of jobs & Possibly LIVES!!!!.... BUT HEY.... WE MIGHT SAVE $$$$.
Biggy

Commerce, GA

#10 Jul 29, 2009
Summerville Questions wrote:
I really wished the the general public could know what it is actually like to work for the GDC. I have witnessed so many things that were pushed under the rug. I mean..it is almost as if the STATE is above the laws that are FEDERAL laws.With the state,....Why are they not required to follow the Dept. of Labor Laws? There seems to always be a way of the state getting around those or just ignoring them.
Even a Grocery store is required to give their employees a 30 minute break after only 5 hrs. on the job. Hey... as a state employee.....When you go home is when u get your break. Be it 10...12.....18 hrs! WTH?!So, even though Ga. Labor Laws are there, the State of Ga. can legally bypass the Labor Laws? Not quite fair.. is it?
Actually Georgia state law does not require breaks of any sort. Nor do federal labor laws. For a long time Cobb County police officers worked a straight shift with no allowance for breaks. Labor laws, especially in the South generally do very little to protect workers.
T-Bird

North Weymouth, MA

#11 Aug 3, 2009
I spent 5 years working at Hays State Prison. I came to work everyday in a pressed uniform; shined boadge, nameplate, and rank bars; and polished boots. I stood by watching as other officers, espically females, violeted numerous dress violations without a word being said to them. Over 5 years I watched prisoners beat down other prisoners. I watched as my coworkers were punched, kicked, bitten, and on one occasion a floor buffer dropped on his head (fortuantly another prison grabbed the officer and pulled him out of the way.) More often than not, these prisoners were sent to SMU for a few days, then put back in GP. I was suspended of defending a female officer who was being attacked by a male prisoner. I was accused of using excessive force because I body-slammed the prisoner, then exchanged punches and kicks with him for over 5 minutes. There was no help for me. The Leutenant on duty that night stood there with his hands in his pockets and ordered the other officers not to assist me. Thankfully, they "didn't hear" him. It took 7 officers to gain control of one prisoner on a rampage.
Most of the officers at Hays are there to support their families, but fear everyday that they may not see them again. We have no support from the administration. When we enforce the rules through displinary action, most of the time we are over ruled by the higher ups. Male prisoners expose themselves to female officers and generally have no respect for them. They just get a displinary write-up. At last count, Hays has 37 vacant positions. Inspections are announced weeks ahead of time, so the administration repositions officers to give the false appearance of being staffed. Officers are prohibited from speaking with inspectors. The next night after I quit, following the fight with the prisoner, the same Leutenant who ordered the other officers not to help me, ordered the same officers not to speak to me at any point. The warden at the time paper shredded all of my paperwork including the incident report. He told me that the other officers involved were revising their statements. Hays has been plagued with problems for most of the time it has been open. The entire GDC (higher ups) need to replaced, and a new comminisioner named. Sonny Perdue needs to learn that you can't just keep cutting the GDC budget. The handheld radios at Hays are close to 30 years old! Most of the vehicles are falling apart and are unsafe. Here is an idea, stopping giving first class medical treatment to the prisoners. Our insurance is so high, that most people cannot afford it. If you work for the state, you cannot qualify for Peachcare or any other state assistance.
SADTOSAY

Momence, IL

#12 Apr 15, 2010
T-BIRD this is to you and other officers to, I hope that you filed a law suit on the state. First of all i think we need to stop worrying about little simple things, I read your post and seen where you talked about females violating i guess with nails, and hair. I work at a prison also and i think every where females violate those policies. We need to worry about why we have not gotten a raise in over three years, furlougs, and being under staffed, being treated not fairly. I know officers female officers, who have never worked the floor since they have been working at the Prison that i work at. Which is on 2nd shift, because the supervisors are sleeping with the officers, this has been going on for years and it is time for this to end. We need to be able to have more control over the inmates, i think that they are treated like babies and not criminals. Ga need to really look at how they do business with corrections. GDC needs new management in the prisons,, because at CALHOUN STATE PRISON IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU ARE HAVING SEX WITH NOT WHAT YOU KNOW ARE DESERVE, THE CLICK MUST BE STOPPED.
Garth

Kennesaw, GA

#13 Feb 15, 2011
The entire system is corrupt--top to bottom--but mostly at the top. There's no justice in Georgia.
Just came Home

United States

#14 Sep 4, 2011
I just served 18 months in the Georgia corrections system. Seven of those months were spent at Hays. The inmates are worked to death for the saticfaction of the state. Inmates are also Beat up by Staff. Something has to ne done.
Amanda

Cartersville, GA

#15 Sep 22, 2011
No one really knows what the inmates go through my lil bra been down 4 years he got many more to go due to being over sentenced He has been stabbed,locked down in a hole for months like a animal what is realy going on We dont know we are not there its hard for an inmate to do anything behind walls for them self and the correction officers dont give a damn They do only enough to keep there job the officers arnt looking at the important things in the prisons there for there will be more fights an killings before its over.In most situations its a kill or get killed world i think alot of things need to change with the system because in the end its up to one person and it wont be in that court room hold it down!!!
Amanda

Cartersville, GA

#16 Sep 22, 2011
Just came Home wrote:
I just served 18 months in the Georgia corrections system. Seven of those months were spent at Hays. The inmates are worked to death for the saticfaction of the state. Inmates are also Beat up by Staff. Something has to ne done.
Hays is where my brother is.I dont think its right at all the way things are being ran in these Ga state prisons.These folk just do what ever they want with you in prison to them you just a number also they dont realize the hurt it bring to there loved ones
GDCCO

Auburn, AL

#17 Nov 26, 2011
You talk about how bad the officers treat you,how cruel they are. What you don't mention is how you masturbate in the presence of female staff. How you verbally abuse medical staff and food service staff who are trying to help you. You dont realize the state gives you more rights than you deserve or are intitled too. If you get locked down and treated like an animal its because you are. You've forgotten what it is to be human you have lost the basic traits that seperate man from cattle. You move in packs you rape innocent prisoners just doing time quietly,you stab men for a pack of soup. You kill a man for a cell phone.
GDCCO

Auburn, AL

#18 Nov 26, 2011
I risk my life to protect you, you curse me and threaten all I love. Yet I do it anyway. Your cowards your like coyotes,moving in packs and preying on the weak an unaffilliated yet individually your scared, a coward, a quivering child hoping your not the next one raped or killed. But even this does not stop you from committing your bloody senseless crimes inside of the walls. Leaving us to protect your victims and you and to clean up your mess. Your beasts,worse than dogs who if you were treated how you deserve would be tortured and starved before a summary execution. Even that would not be enough to make up for your crimes inside prison and out. But thankfully for your sake the officers are humane the system is merciful and we treat you as the law and our oaths dictate not how you and your actions deserve. You are victims of nothing,we who are forced through the law and our integrity to keep you safe are the victims. The families you hurt and ruined who's tax dollars pay to maintain you are victims. You receive better than you deserve.
UnderStood

Savannah, GA

#19 Nov 26, 2011
Just came Home wrote:
I just served 18 months in the Georgia corrections system. Seven of those months were spent at Hays. The inmates are worked to death for the saticfaction of the state. Inmates are also Beat up by Staff. Something has to ne done.
This young man has hit it on the dime !!! i satr hear reading all these post by the whining Officers saying they need pay raises..I ask for what most of you do nothing but walk around flirting with each other or standing around gossiping with each other when you should be actually working and monitoring..for if you were actually doing your jobs there would actually be less inmate to inmate fatalities...But little is being said that many of the so called prisoner suicides are really murders at the hands of officers..I like the individual spent 2years 6 months at Hays state prison and sorry dont feel any sympathy for any officer there for most of you are to lazy to even deserve empathy. You do not help a situation only instigate and make matters worse thus repeaT OFFENDERS REVOLVE..Thankfully i did not fall victim to repeat status I spent 10 yrs in the Ga Prison system and Havew been out now 10 years as well..No thanks to GDC for from the things i personally saw, experienced and underwent at the hands of officers was enough to make me bitter and resentful..but Thankfully I had both God and Family to sustain me
bob

Cartersville, GA

#20 Aug 27, 2012
Just came Home wrote:
I just served 18 months in the Georgia corrections system. Seven of those months were spent at Hays. The inmates are worked to death for the saticfaction of the state. Inmates are also Beat up by Staff. Something has to ne done.
I wonder why? Pretty obvious why your beaten.

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