Hays State Prison

Coordinates: 34°30′29″N 85°18′44″W / 34.50817°N 85.31226°W / 34.50817; -85.31226
Hays State Prison
Location777 Underwood Drive
Trion, Georgia
Managed byGeorgia Department of Corrections

Hays State Prison is a Georgia Department of Corrections state prison for men located at 777 Underwood Drive in Trion, Chattooga County, Georgia.[1] The facility opened in 1990 and currently has a capacity of 1683 prisoners.


Hays State Prison was one of the seven prisons in total that inmates participated in the 2010 Georgia prison strike.

By the Department of Correction's description, Hays manages "some of the state's most challenging offenders". In an eight-week period beginning in December 2012, four inmates were killed in the facility: Derrick Stubbs on December 19, 2012 (although he had been placed in protective custody within the prison); Damion MacClaim on December 26, 2012; Nathaniel Reynolds on January 18, 2013; and Pippa Hall-Jackson on February 5, 2013. Two Hays guards were also injured by stabbings in late January even as the facility was on full security lockdown.[2] In February another guard was stabbed 22 times. In May 2012, a CERT Officer was stabbed twice in the face,[3] and the father of an inmate claimed that he was forced to pay $19,000 ransom to other current Hays prisoners, or else his son would be hurt or killed.[4] Also, the Southern Center for Human Rights lodged a complaint that "prisoners routinely slept in cells to which they were not assigned and they (were) able to move undetected across the prison campus."[5] Most recently on January 17, 2019, inmate Marion Antwan Luke was assaulted and murdered by another inmate. Luke's case is still being investigated by the Georgia Department of Corrections. His maximum release date was set to be released by June 12, 2019. Unfortunately, he was scheduled to be released four days before he was assaulted and murdered.

Hays is one of several high-security Georgia state prisons found to have a large percentage of inoperative locks. A September 2012 article reports that auditors found 42% of the locks in Hays either didn't work or could be easily defeated.[6]

In 2015, a prisoner (formerly at Hays) stated that he was raped at the prison and sued three officials of the prison authority.[7] He stated that the prison authority failed to protect him.[8][9]

Notable Inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Travis McMichael 1003053360 Serving a life sentence. One out of three men convicted in the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery.[10]
Guy William Heinze Jr. 1001191510 Serving a life sentence. Convicted of murdering his father and 7 others of his dad's extended family in what is known as the 2009 Glynn County mass murder.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ "|| Georgia Department of Corrections ||". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  2. ^ "Another year, another death: Danger, problems linger at Hays State Prison". 26 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Hays State Prison inmates on trial in guard assault". 16 August 2014.
  4. ^ "GA's Hays State Prison presents dangers inside and out".
  5. ^ "Ga. State prison finds new issue with locks".
  6. ^ "Ga. State prison finds new issue with locks".
  7. ^ "Georgia inmate says he was raped, sues Hays State Prison warden, other officials Archived 2015-08-02 at the Wayback Machine." Associated Press. July 31, 2015. Retrieved on August 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Jett, Tyler. "Former Hays State inmate says he was raped, sues warden, other prison officials." Time Free Press. July 31, 2015. Retrieved on August 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Georgia inmate says he was raped, sues Hays State Prison warden, other officials Archived 2015-08-02 at the Wayback Machine." Associated Press at the Daily Journal. July 31, 2015. Retrieved on August 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ahmaud Arbery's killers get a March court date to argue appeals of their hate crime convictions". WSB-TV Channel 2 - Atlanta. 2024-01-25. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  11. ^ "Police Make Arrest in Georgia Trailer Park Murders". ABC News. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  12. ^ "Guy Heinze Jr., Ga. man, guilty of killing father and 7 others in mobile home but won't get death penalty - CBS News". www.cbsnews.com. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  13. ^ "Man guilty of killing eight family members in Georgia mobile home". NBC News. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2024-02-26.

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