Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner
Director of Public Affairs
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5247
STATE OF GEORGIA
For Immediate Release
Forsyth - Probation Officer Marissa Viverito of Atlanta was recognized by Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens for her contributions to the Department’s award winning 10-Step Framework Initiative.
Viverito, a native of Long Island, N.Y., was presented with the Commissioner’s Coin during the 2012 Georgia Probation Association Summer Conference at Jekyll Island on August 24.
"I appreciate all of Marissa’s work to make this program a success," said Commissioner Owens.
The 10-Step Framework, implemented in 2009, has redefined and redesigned felony probation supervision within the state of Georgia. The American Probation and Parole Association presented the Probation Operations division with the highly coveted 2012 President's Award for the 10-Step Framework initiative earlier in August. The award recognizes innovative and exemplary community corrections programs which serve to advance the knowledge, effectiveness, stewardship and integrity of the criminal justice system.
"The 10-Step Framework has changed how we manage offenders," said Director of Probation Operations Stan Cooper. "Our team worked diligently to implement the program. I am extremely proud of all of the Probation Officers in Georgia for their work in implementing our new model."
The GDC is the fourth largest prison system in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.