Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

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


For Immediate Release

GDC Honors Colwell Probation Detention Center

Awarded Center of the Year

Forsyth - The Department of Corrections honored Colwell Probation Detention Center with the Center of the Year Award at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth. Superintendent Dianne Hassett accepted the award on behalf of Colwell Probation Detention Center.

"Colwell Probation Detention Center is exceptional at providing a safe, work-oriented environment for the probationers they oversee," stated Commissioner Brian Owens. "The work they are doing in their community is commendable," added Commissioner Owens.

Colwell Probation Detention Center is a minimum security facility located in Blairsville. The center has 67 employees and houses 259 male probation detainees. The facility provides 15 contract road details with Union, Fannin, Towns, White and Lumpkin counties and the cities of Cleveland, Blairsville and Blue Ridge. An offender work detail is also provided to the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation.

Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by 200 guests. Assisting the presentation of awards with Commissioner Brian Owens were Assistant Corrections Commissioner Fredrick Head, Human Resource Director Patricia Smith, State Representative Jay Neal, Board of Corrections Chairman Jim Whitehead, Sr. and special guest speaker, State Personnel Administration Commissioner Joe Doyle.

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.