Inmate Death Under Investigation

Commissioner: 
Gregory C. Dozier
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Kasandra Ortiz
Contact Number: 
478-796-2489
Contact Email: 
Kasandra.Ortiz@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
April 23, 2018
STATE OF GEORGIA

Inmate Death Under Investigation

April 23, 2018

FORSYTH, Ga.– Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional Standards are conducting an investigation on the death of inmate Joseph Pagen (GDC #1001121716), as a suspected homicide.

Agents  have reason to believe inmate Pagen died as a results of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate. Inmate Pagen was pronounced dead at Valdosta State Prison at 3:00am on April 23 by Lowndes County Coroner.

Pagen was sentenced in 2012, in Baldwin County, for two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of False Imprisonment, Robbery By Force and Burglary.

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