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Old 12-06-2008, 01:07 PM
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Exclamation HOT OFF the Press- Milan State Prison Closing

As always, when I get the info I share it with all of you so you will be informed!
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Georgia Department of Corrections

James E. Donald,
Commissioner

Joan Heath Director of
Public Information

Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
(404) 656-9772

For Immediate Release

Milan State Prison Slated for Realignment

Staff and Inmate Population to Relocate

Atlanta – As part of its ongoing efficiency measures, the Georgia
Department of Corrections announced today the 250-bed Milan State
Prison in Helena, Georgia will cease operations effective December 5,
2008. Inmates currently housed at the Milan facility will be
transferred to other facilities across the state.

Milan State Prison was constructed in 1959 and has been identified as
a non-enduring facility. The prison houses medium and minimum-
security male inmates. Milan is a work-oriented facility that places
special emphasis on alcohol and drug addiction and education.

To increase bed capacity in Georgia prisons, the Department is
opening seven Fast Track facilities. The 256-bed housing units will
be attached to existing state prisons. These facilities will open at
Valdosta State Prison, Hays State Prison, Smith State Prison, Ware
State Prison and Coastal State Prison. Fast Track facilities are
already open at Macon State Prison and Dooly State Prison. The
Department also has plans to add nearly 1,400 triple-bunk beds to
various prisons across the state, ultimately adding approximately
3,000 beds this year.

"As we continue to right-size the Department, it is imperative that
our mission of protecting the public remains paramount," said
Corrections Commissioner James E. Donald. "Realignment of the Milan
facility maintains that mission, while providing an opportunity to
become more efficient." Donald added that the Department will
realize an annual savings of approximately $3.5 million.

The Department will offer the 55 employees at Milan positions within
the Department. Work details and fire services currently being
provided from the prison will continue through reassignment to other
facilities. Future plans for the facility have not yet 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 15,000 employees.
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