Friday, January 22, 2021 5:02 PM EST
By RUSS BYNUM, AP
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The NAACP is suing prison officials in Georgia, blaming a lack of COVID-19 testing and other safeguards for an outbreak that infected nearly 1-in-10 inmates at one prison. The civil rights organization wants a federal judge to order more robust testing at Coffee Correctional Facility in rural southern Georgia, plus free masks, hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for the prison's roughly 2,600 inmates. The civil lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta says the Georgia Department of Corrections and CoreCivic, the private company that operates the prison, are violating inmates' civil rights by failing to provide reasonable protections. The Coffee County prison has reported 235 coronavirus infections and five deaths among its inmates.