Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
October 1, 2003
Albany -- Twelve Georgia prisons and correction facilities may be closed because there's not enough money to run them. That will, in turn, lead to overcrowding in county jails. And the cost would trickle down to local taxpayers.
The proposed 2005 Georgia Department of Corrections budget will be 121 million dollars less than 2002's appropriation. Acting Commissioner Joe Ferrero warns that 12 prison facilities like the Bainbridge Substance Abuse Treatment Center would be closed.
Dougherty Chief Judge Loring Gray says these reductions could cost more in the long run. Judge Gray said "Rather than sending them to a lock up, we could send them to detention centers, diversion centers. They could maintain employment, they could contribute to the economy, yet still be in a rehabilitative facility. Now all these alternatives are being taken away from us because of the budget cuts and reductions."
More state prisons shut down would force inmates to be housed at local jails. It costs the Dougherty County jail 38 dollars a day per inmate. The state only reimburses twenty dollars a day per inmate. Local taxpayers would have to make up the difference. Judge Gray said "It costs us 500 thousand dollars a year to house state prisoners who are not being picked up and taken to other facilities." State Senator Mike Meyer Von Bremen says 2005 proposed budget cuts will have to take people's safety into account. Senator Von Bremen said "There are just certain state programs that are so critical that we can afford to make the cuts, and the security of our citizens is certainly one of those areas."
Currently Georgia prisons can house 54 thousand inmates. Judge Gray says he would have to consider fewer prison facalities when he is on the bench, sentencing convicted persons.