DOC did not respond immediately to a request for comment Thursday morning.
A lawsuit was filed April 4 after the department failed to respond to requests for documents made in January, February and March.
The Southern Center is trying to learn more about increasing violence at Hays State Prison in Trion, where there are allegations of security lapses and reports that Hays administrators would alert inmates of upcoming searches so the prison would shine in departmental security audits.
SCHR asked for records concerning deaths of four inmates at the hands of other prisoners at Hays since December, but it is focused on the death of Pippa Hall-Jackson, who had asked to be moved because he feared for his life. Hall-Jackson was stabbed to death moments after he stepped off of the bus that brought him from Hays to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson.
The Southern Center wanted the names of prison employees involved with Hall-Jackson’s transfer Feb. 5, security audits of Hays and one other prison, and the DOC’s polices for searching inmates who are being transferred.
State law requires government agencies to produce records within three days of a request. An agency can bill someone seeking documents for the time an employee spends pulling records and for copies, but the charge has to be reasonable.