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Justice Department investigating violations of civil rights, including those of LGBTQ inmates, in Georgia prisons

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The Washington Post.“The Justice Department’s investigations into prison conditions have been successful at identifying systemic constitutional violations and their causes, fixing those causes and stopping the violations,” Clarke said. “We are investigating prison violence and abuse in Georgia’s prisons to determine whether constitutional violations exist, and if so, how to stop them.”The investigation into Georgia prisons comes after advocacy groups complained of deplorable living conditions and escalating violence — both of which have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, watchdog groups say.

It also comes on the heels of a class-action lawsuit, filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights in U.S. District Court for the Middle District.

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