Authorities are blaming cell phones for a fight that broke out in the Telfair State Prison. The fight sent 3 inmates to the hospital; 2 inmates are in stable condition and the other was released back to the prison. A prison employee was also injured. The Department of Corrections is investigating the fight.
According to a news release from the Department of Corrections, "This incident brings to light the serious dangers of cell phones in our prison
system," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "Every day we fight the battle of keeping cell phones and other contraband out of our facilities. While some believe supplying an inmate with a cell phone is useful to contact family and friends, in most cases, the opposite is proven.
Inmates are using cell phones to commit additional crimes and carry out gang activity. "
The release also says it is illegal for anyone to provide an inmate with a telecommunication device.
Spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, Gwendolyn Hogan, tells 41 NBC pending the outcome of the investigation the inmates involved could face additional charges.