After an investigation by the Georgia Department of Corrections that was prompted by an incident last month, six correctional staff members at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville have been arrested, charged with aggravated battery and violation of oath of office, and have been terminated.
The GDC announced today the arrests of the correctional staff members for their role in a use-of-force incident, following an inmate assault on a fellow Correctional Officer. The incident occurred at Georgia State Prison on February 16 and prompted the investigation by the GDC’s Office of Professional Standards, ultimately leading to the arrests.
According to the GDC, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on February 16, an offender assaulted an officer, resulting in use-of-force by fellow staff members and causing injuries to the inmate. After review and investigation of the incident, it was determined state law and policy were violated and the case was presented to the District Attorney.
“Staff accountability is paramount to the safe and secure operations of our facilities, and as an agency, we will not tolerate this type of conduct,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “It is also important to note that these individuals don’t represent the thousands of Officers who faithfully uphold their oath of protecting the public each and every day.”
The following correctional staff were arrested and charged with aggravated battery and violation of oath of office, and have been terminated:
- Javaka Johnson, Unit Manager
- Anisha Majette, Sergeant
- Marquette Sistrunk, Sergeant
- Danny Standard, Correctional Officer
- Korbin Tippett, Correctional Officer
- Kiara Cain, Correctional Officer
The inmate involved in the assault on the Officer is Norman Simpson GDC#1201790. He will be charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and felony obstruction. Simpson is currently serving Life for Murder and was sentenced in Chatham County.