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Former Correctional Officer at Macon State Prison Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Other Officers to Assault and Injure Inmates

July 2, 2012

Today, the Justice Department and the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Willie Redden, a former member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Macon State Prison, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other correctional officers to violate the civil rights of inmates in 2010.

In connection with his guilty plea, Redden admitted that he and other correctional officers assaulted and injured inmates in separate incidents at Macon State Prison in 2010. Redden indicated that correctional officers beat these inmates in order to punish them. One inmate was beaten until he was unresponsive and had to be transported from Macon State Prison in an ambulance.

Redden further acknowledged that he and other correctional officers tried to cover up CERT's role in beating and injuring inmates. Redden stated that more senior officers told him to write a false report and to stick to their cover story when speaking with investigators.

Redden, who is 24 and from Albany, Georgia, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Michael J. Moore, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, stated: "When people are incarcerated, the sentence they are required to serve is their time locked up in prison. It is not a part of their sentence that they be subjected to beatings by the correctional officers. The Department of Justice and I share a zero tolerance policy for those who violate another's civil rights."

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Forrest Christian and Trial Attorney Tona Boyd of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, with the assistance of the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia.


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