Hancock State Prison

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Hancock State Prison
Location701 Prison Boulevard
Sparta, Georgia
Managed byGeorgia Department of Corrections

Hancock State Prison is a Georgia Department of Corrections state prison for men located in Hancock County, Georgia.[1] The facility opened in 1991 and currently has a capacity of 1267 prisoners.

In 2010, Hancock state prison participated in the 2010 Georgia prison strike using contraband cell phones. The goal was to improve safety in Georgia state prisons and get rid of free labor.

A riot in November 2011 left 12 prisoners injured. The fight was gang-related, and organized with contraband cell phones.[2] Hancock is one of several high-security Georgia state prisons found to have a large percentage of inoperative locks. In June 2012 auditors found 28% of Hancock's locks either didn't work or could be defeated.[3]

Hancock was one of nine Georgia state prisons implicated in an FBI sting operation announced in February 2016. The agency indicted 47 correction officers who'd agreed to deliver illegal drugs while in uniform. These charges were "part of a larger public corruption investigation into Georgia Correctional Facilities".[4]

Convicted serial killer Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence at Hancock.


  1. ^ "|| Georgia Department of Corrections ||". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  2. ^ "Fight at Hancock State Prison sends 12 inmates to hospital". www.wrdw.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21.
  3. ^ "Ga. State prison finds new issue with locks".
  4. ^ "47 Georgia Correctional Officers Arrested in Drug Conspiracy". WSAV. 11 Feb 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.

Coordinates: 33°14′48″N 82°57′02″W / 33.24660°N 82.95068°W / 33.24660; -82.95068