Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772
For Immediate Release
Atlanta – The Department of Corrections honored Phillips State Prison as Facility of the Year at the Fifth Annual GDC Awards program on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 on the historic Tift College Campus in Forsyth.
“Phillips is being recognized for doing extraordinary work,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “The staff has set the bar high for our Corrections facilities.”
Phillips received the Facility Fitness Award. “I am happy to see employees taking part in the ‘Fit Club’ and working towards a positive lifestyle change,” said Commissioner Owens. Participants created their own weight loss regiment and lost more than 250 pounds in the first six months.
Phillips State Prison provides all levels of Mental Health service and houses inmates who had management problems at other facilities. There are 1006 inmates and 326 staff members at the facility.
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 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 15,000 employees.