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Perdue visits South Georgia

May 8, 2006

Sycamore - A South Georgia prison that sat empty for two years is about to house its first inmates and help prepare them for life back in society. The pre-release center in Turner County will house 200 minimum security inmates and open up prison space at maximum security facilities.

Inmates will transfer there two years before their sentence is over. They'll undergo educational classes or workforce training to equip them to deal with life outside prison.

Construction was completed almost two years ago. Governor Sonny Per due is happy the state finally has the money to open it. He says, "We didn't have the money the first couple of years to do the kinds of things we needed to do. I proposed $48 Million in the budget this year, it was approved for these kind of facilities."

Inmates will begin moving into the center next month. Approximately 50 people will work at the facility, which is expected to have a payroll of just under $2 Million.

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