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Two resign amid probe of inmate beating at Forsyth prison

Allegations of a recent inmate-on-inmate beating at a Monroe County prison were still being investigated Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The matter attracted widespread attention online after a photograph of an injured prisoner, an 18-year-old from Augusta convicted of robbery and aggravated assault in a 2011 stickup, was circulated on social media.

The picture, apparently taken with a smuggled cellphone, shows the beaten teen, his left eye swollen shut, crouched with a leash-like strap around his neck.

Two other young men, both apparently inmates, can be seen standing behind him, one of them clutching the strap as if asserting dominance over the injured teen.

Prison officials said a pair of supervising officers at Burruss Correctional Training Center, where the incident is said to have happened late last month, have since resigned. Their names were not made available.

The injured 18-year-old, identified as Cortez Bernard Berry, has been moved to Macon State Prison in Ogle­thorpe, officials said.

Corrections officials did not specifically address the alleged beating, but they have issued a statement saying the prison system “does not tolerate contraband and takes very seriously its mission of ... running safe and secure facilities.”

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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