Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Atlanta – The Department of Corrections honored Coweta County Prison as County Correctional Institution of the Year at the Sixth Annual GDC Awards program on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
“The staff at Coweta County Prison does an excellent job of providing inmates with the skills they need to become productive members of society,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “This facility serves as a great example to others.”
The Coweta County Prison, located in Newnan, is a medium-security facility, with 48 staff members and 210 inmates. The prison provides prison labor which supports Coweta County Government.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 guests. Making the award presentation with the Commissioner were Board of Corrections Chairman Larry Wynn, Assistant Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield, and special guest speaker, Brigadier General (Ret.) C. Stewart Rodeheaver. Warden Bill McKenzie accepted the award on behalf of Coweta County Prison.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 13,000 employees.