Seven Georgia guards face charges in wake of prison strike

Seven Georgia prison guards were arrested on criminal charges stemming from an alleged assault of an inmate during a prison strike in December, officials said.

The seven guards at Macon State Prison are charged with aggravated battery and violation of their oath of office, according to a Georgia Department of Corrections statement released on Monday.

The inmate injured on December 16 was hospitalized "for an extended period of time," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Also, one inmate was charged with battery against an officer, and at Smith State Prison three inmates were charged with aggravated battery on staff members and obstruction, and six others there were charged with obstruction, officials said.

Scores of Georgia inmates participated in a strike in December, refusing to leave their cells at several state prisons and demanding pay for prison jobs, which state law prohibits.  More...