Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248

STATE OF GEORGIA

For Immediate Release

Metro State Prison in Atlanta Slated for Closure

Atlanta - The Georgia Department of Corrections announced today the closure of the 779-bed Metro State Prison in Atlanta effective April 1, 2010. The Department anticipates a savings of approximately $19.1 million annually in direct operational cost.

Metro State Prison was constructed in 1979 and opened in 1980. The prison is a multi-mission facility which provides diagnostic services, as well as mental health treatment and services for females who are Under Death Sentence (UDS).

"We will continue our non-negotiable mission of public safety while continuing to be good stewards of state funds," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "We value our commitment to public safety and will continue to manage offenders effectively in the community while helping to provide a safe and secure environment for the citizens of Georgia," added Owens.

Metro State Prison's 319 staff members will be offered positions at other GDC facilities. Most positions will be within a 50 mile radius. Future plans for the state-owned facility have not been determined.

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.

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