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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

August 14, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Corrections say a new housing system should say them big bucks.

Over the next six months, the department will introduce fast track systems at seven state prisons.

The fast track units will be larger and hold up to 1800 inmates.

They'll only take 25, rather than 40 guards, to operate.

The new units will open in Macon, Dooly and Smith state prisons this month.

Units at Coastal, Ware, Valdosta and Hayes are slated to open in February.

Once in operation, it should shave $66 million from their $1.2 billion budget.