Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth - The Department of Corrections honored the Rome Judicial Circuit as Probation Circuit of the Year at the Eighth Annual GDC Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia. Chief Probation Officer Chad Dabbs and staff accepted the award on behalf of the Rome Judicial Circuit.
"The Rome Judicial Circuit has set a new standard," said Commissioner Brian Owens. "They have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service to the courts and the offenders they oversee," added Owens.
The Rome Judicial Circuit is comprised of Floyd County, and is responsible for 2,983 felony offenders.
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 fourth 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 12,000 employees.