Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 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.
November 1, 2007 Calhoun County -- Georgia has the nation's fastest growing inmate population among states with large prison populations.
Thursday, the Department of Corrections dedicated a new dormitory at Calhoun State Prison, and the new building, with 192 beds is already full.
It's freed up space for higher security inmates, but what the Department of Corrections Commissioner wants to see is more opportunity for inmates to learn work skills in an effort to keep them from coming back.
Last year, Georgia's prisons took in 21,000 inmates. They released just 18,000, growing the population by three thousand and showing the need for more beds. It's why the Fast Track Unit was added at Calhoun State Prison.
"We're adding new beds and when this project is done in 2011, projects like this, will have added over 6,000 new beds to existing infrastructure," said Commissioner James E. Donald of the GA Department of Corrections.
"It's open dormitories so it's fairly economical to construct because of that so, we make sure we have more settled inmates housed in this particular unit," said Calhoun State Prison Warden Dannie Thompson.
Some that stay out of trouble, don't need disciplinary reports, pretty much showing good consistent behavior. The new "L" building, already full, is helping with higher security inmates at Calhoun. "This is able to allow us to free up that space for those inmates. The building also has a classroom, in hopes of providing inmates with educational opportunities," Thompson said.
Those opportunities could turn into work details and eventually jobs. Commissioner Donald believes if you can give inmates meaningful work and a suitable place to stay, they might not return to prison. "What we're trying to do is instill in our inmate population a work ethic, so when they get out, and the community meets us half way in allowing us to work inmates, then they are prepared to work."
And will keep working, lowering the state's average of 67% of inmates who return to prison because they can't stay out of trouble.
Two-hundred residential substance abuse beds were also recently added at the Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center.