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Searches continue at Valdosta State Prison

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News release from the Georgia Department of Corrections

Atlanta - The Special Operations Unit of the Georgia Department of Corrections conducted an unannounced prison search of Valdosta State prison on November 12, 2009.

The prison search was conducted by 18 tactical squads and 12 canine handlers with drug dogs. The entire prison and grounds were searched for contraband and excess property.

A small amount of nuisance contraband was found, including handmade weapons, two cell phones, and homemade alcohol.

“The Department is committed to maintaining safe and secure facilities,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “We will continue to randomly search the state’s prisons to maintain a high level of safety.”

Valdosta State Prison, located in Valdosta, Ga. is a close-security prison and currently houses approximately 1,460 inmates.

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 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 14,000 employees.