AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA recently was honored as the only non-law enforcement agency named by the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Partner Agency of the Year. The Richmond County Correctional Institution as County Facility of the Year.
The GDC recently announced the awards during the 11th Annual GDC Awards ceremony at Tift College in Forsyth, Ga.
In addition to Goodwill, the GDC recognized the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Tattnall County Sheriff’s Department and Albany Dougherty Drug Unit as the Partner Agencies of the Year.
The agencies were nominated by GDC staff for their contributions.
“On behalf of the agency, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all of our recipients for their continued support and service to the Department of Corrections,” said GDC Commissioner Homer Bryson.
James K. Stiff, President of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, accepted the award on behalf of Goodwill, which received the recognition for its re-entry initiatives and for a groundbreaking new program to help sort thousands of books donated to the corrections system.
“Goodwill has long pioneered programs that provide assistance to populations with significant barriers to employment, including help for individuals seeking a second chance to pursue a slice of the American dreeam,” Stiff said. “We know that employment with a career plan reduces recidivism, and a stable, employed workforce builds better communities.”
The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.
Richmond County Correctional Institution Honored - Named County Facility of the Year
The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) honored Richmond County Correctional Institution as County Facility of the Year at the 11th Annual GDC Awards ceremony on July 7 at the State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth, Ga. Warden Joseph Evans accepted the award on behalf of Richmond County Correctional Institution.
“In 2014, Richmond County CI consistently received high scores on a variety of GDC report card items to include audits, bed utilization, vacancy rates, and turnover rates, said Commissioner Homer Bryson. “It is for those continued efforts and setting the standard for our county facilities that they were awarded with this great honor.”
Richmond County Correctional Institution, located in Augusta, is a medium security facility that can house up to 220 male inmates. The facility provides housing for state and county offenders and a general labor force supporting the Augusta/Richmond County Government.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 200 guests.
Making the award presentation with Commissioner Homer Bryson were Assistant Commissioner of Administration & Finance Scott Poitevint, Assistant Commissioner of Facilities Division Timothy C. Ward, and Board of Corrections Chair Rose Williams.
—> Edited by Anibal Ibarra