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Following Bombshell Reporting, Sen. Ossoff Urges FBI to Investigate Extortion and Gang Violence in Pulaski State Prison

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, gang members at Pulaski State Prison are using violence against incarcerated women to generate money and maintain control within the prison

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is working to reduce violence and safeguard human rights at the Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville, Georgia.

Sen. Ossoff today launched an inquiry with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to investigate reports of violence and extortion at the second-largest women’s prison in Georgia.

According to reporting by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, gang members at Pulaski Prison have established a criminal racket using violence and intimidation tactics, like sexual abuse and extortion, to generate money and maintain control within the prison.  

“The challenges facing Georgia’s prisons are not new. This work is urgent. I will continue to monitor efforts to protect the safety, wellbeing and civil rights of both incarcerated people and prison employees,” Sen. Ossoff wrote.

Sen. Ossoff has pushed to protect human rights and investigate prison conditions in Georgia since he was first elected to office.

Last year, the U.S. Senate passed Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan Prison Camera Reform Act to reduce violence and civil rights abuses in America’s prisons.

In February, Sen. Ossoff and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) launched the bipartisan Senate Prison Policy Working Group, which aims to strengthen oversight of the Federal prison system and improve communication between the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Congress, and other relevant stakeholders.

Last month, Sen. Ossoff and Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced a bipartisan bill to improve transparency within the prison system and ensure that families are notified in a compassionate and timely manner of their loved ones’ death or health challenges.

Click here to read the letter.

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