Ga. Gov. Sonny Perdue says he will look into a the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s report on recent violence at several of the state’s prisons.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the “string of violence” — which includes three deaths — was big enough to be brought to Perdue’s attention.

“The governor is waiting to see the GBI’s reports,” said Dan McLagan, Perdue’s communication director.

There were three killings of inmates at three prisons in March: Douglas Wren at Coastal State Prison on March 4, Robert Hollis at Georgia State Prison on March 11 and Paul Phillips at Calhoun State Prison on March 27. Yolanda Thompson, a spokespwoman for the Department of Corrections said there were five slayings at state prisons — including the three this year– since 2005.

In addition to the killings, there were two other prison incidents in March. On March 15, a guard assaulted a handcuffed inmate at Calhoun State Prison, and five guards were either fired or demoted on March 23 after beating an inmate in January.

Thompson told the AJC that violent attacks by either inmates or employees will not be tolerated but that it is hard to manage convicted felons in the state’s prison system. About 60 percent are considered violent. Out of a population of 57,792, approximately 7,000 are serving life sentences and approximately 8,000 are considered mentally ill.

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