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October 24, 2007

Calhoun County --  Georgia has the fastest growing large prison population of any state in the country, with an eight percent growth in the number inmates over the last year.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner James Donald says the drug methamphetamine has become a huge problem for Georgia prisons, with white men addicted to Meth the fastest growing population pouring into their cells.  

"This drug is amounting for 250 to 300 new cases in our system each month. Ninety-seven percent are white. So it's a total community problem we need to embrace," said Donald.  

Donald said over the next five years, the Department of Corrections will add six thousand new beds at existing prisons. They are adding 200 more beds at Calhoun State Prison because of the increase in number of inmates.

They are also adding room for 200 more inmates at the State Prison in Bainbridge, and 500 more at the state prison in Johnson County.

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