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 Decatur County Prison as County Facility 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. Warden Elijah McCoy accepted the award on behalf of Decatur County Prison.
"The Decatur County Prison staff is a shining example of how we, as a department, strive to provide offenders with the essential skills needed to become productive members of society," said Commissioner Brian Owens.
The Decatur County Prison, located in Bainbridge, is a minimum security facility with 55 staff members and 309 offenders. The prison provides an offender labor force which supports the Decatur County Government.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 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.