Georgia Department of Corrections
James E. Donald, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772

For Immediate Release

Pelham Pre-Release Center Slated for Realignment

Staff and Inmate Population to Relocate

Atlanta – As part of its ongoing efficiency measures, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced today the 160-bed Pelham Pre-Release Center (PRC) in Pelham, Georgia will cease operations this month.  Inmates currently housed at the Pelham facility will be transferred to the Department’s five other PRC’s across the state, increasing efficiencies by filling vacant bed space. 

The Department plans to move the majority of its 45 staff members to Autry State Prison, also in Pelham, to fill vacant Correctional Officer positions at that facility.  Most remaining non-security staff members will also be placed in positions at Autry, thereby preserving jobs in the Pelham area.  Ultimately, all employees will be offered positions within the Department.

“As we continue to right-size the Department, it is imperative that our mission of protecting the public remains paramount,” said Corrections Commissioner James E. Donald.  “Realignment of the Pelham facility maintains that mission, while providing an opportunity to become more efficient.”  Donald added that the Department will realize an annual savings of approximately $1 million. 

Work details currently being provided from the Center will continue through reassignment to other facilities.   Future plans for the Pelham facility have not yet been determined.

The mission of the Pre-Release Center is to address the reentry needs of offenders with two years or less to serve, in order to reduce their risk of re-offending.  The emphasis is on providing the inmates with work experience so that they may function as productive citizens once released. 

The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 15,000 employees.