Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
September 25, 2007
Thomasville-- In a visit to the prison earlier this month, the Commissioner of the State Corrections Department proposed they take in 200 additional inmates to help with the growing population of prisoners statewide. But the acting warden and the county board of commissioners say they can't afford it; they have a counter-proposal for the state.
With 165 state prisoners, and 31 from the county, Thomas county prison is already almost at maximum capacity for the 200-bed facility. That number would double with the offer from the state to build structures called Quonset huts on the prison grounds. "Its a steel hut type facility. They want us to take those for 200 beds to alleviate the population right now," explains acting Warden for the prison, Robert Geer.
While the addition would give the county more prisoners for work details, the warden says they simply can't afford to take them in. "Well, we'd have a work force but at this time the number for 200 is just a little bit too steep for us right now, as far as the cost and the work availability for them," Geer says.
The prison gets 20 for each inmate housed there per day, but the warden says that payment isn't sufficient for what the extra inmates would cost them. "Improve the kitchen and new equipment costs a lot of money in a kitchen. Medical. It just goes on and on and on," says Geer. At least 4 or 5 additional people would have to be hired as well.
The warden hopes they can reach a compromise to take in fewer inmates. "The county board wants to ask for 50 and that's what we're going to do ask for 50 inmates and the grant to build that dormitory," Geer explains. He says that number would allow them to help out the State Corrections Department, while maintaining a responsible amount of growth for their own prison.
Corrections Commissioner James Donald estimates by 2011 the state will need an additional 11,000 beds for the state's prison population.