Ware State Prison

Coordinates: 31°15′25″N 82°23′38″W / 31.256977°N 82.393917°W / 31.256977; -82.393917
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Ware State Prison
Location3620 Harris Road
Waycross, Georgia
Security classclose security
Managed byGeorgia Department of Corrections

Ware State Prison is a Georgia Department of Corrections state prison for men located in Waycross, Ware County, Georgia.[1]

The facility first opened in 1990, and has a maximum capacity of 1546 inmates.[2]


In 2013, the prison was involved in a series of lawsuits related to an attack on an inmate. The inmate, Cleveland Dunn, was attacked by a fellow inmate on September 9, 2011. Dunn alleged in his lawsuit that he did not receive adequate care for his injuries. Dunn claimed that over two weeks had passed before he was taken to Augusta State Medical Prison for medical treatment related to his injuries.[3] In September 2016, the last of Dunn's lawsuits was dismissed; most of them due to immunity from prosecution under Georgia law.[4]


Over the course of 2020, a number of inmates and staff contracted COVID-19. The state of Georgia reported 26 inmates and 58 staff members infected as of September 11, 2020, with two inmates dying from the virus.[5][6]

On July 17, an investigation was launched into an incident where an inmate, Robert Wilson, was attacked by another inmate. Wilson died of his injures the same day.[7] Wilson's death was the third Georgia inmate of four to have died in July as a result of violence.[8]

During the evening of August 1, a riot broke out at the prison that left at least three inmates and two staff members injured.[5][9] In the aftermath of the riot, the Human and Civil Rights Coalition of Georgia claimed that there had been ongoing issues at the prison since April.[10]


  1. ^ "Ware State Prison". Georgia Department of Corrections. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Ware State Prison Visiting hours, inmate phones, mail".
  3. ^ At Ware State Prison, a brutal beating and a wait for hospital care The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  4. ^ DUNN v. HART | Civil Action No. 5:13-cv-131. Leagle
  5. ^ a b Riot at Ware State Prison in Georgia Leaves 2 Staff Members and 2 Inmates Injured Amid Reports of Violence on Livestreams Newsweek
  6. ^ "Confirmed COVID-19 Cases". The Georgia Department of Corrections. Archived from the original on 2020-09-06.
  7. ^ Inmate Death Under Investigation Georgia Department of Corrections
  8. ^ 4th Georgia prisoner killed in suspected homicide this month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  9. ^ UPDATE: South Georgia prison on lockdown after riot The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  10. ^ The Human and Civil Rights Coalition of Georgia on Twitter: We have been dealing with issues at Ware State Prison since April 2020. Twitter

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