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Richmond County Correctional Institution Construction and Location
The current site of Richmond County Correctional Institution was constructed on November 23, 1963. The original site (Richmond County Prison) was at the current location of T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School. The institution is a work camp that supplements the city's work force with cost-effective labor by using inmate work details. Each year, the institution saves the city approximately 1.5 million dollars by the use of inmate labor.
The operating capacity is (350) Level II -(medium, minimum security) male inmates. All of the offenders are convicted state felons. Because the institution houses state inmates, the Georgia Department of Corrections Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) are adhered to and are strongly enforced.
All inmates are housed in dormitories, and they work on a variety of job assignments - eight hours per day Monday - Friday. All work details are supervised by correctional officers and/or county employees. Prior to supervising these details, correctional officers must complete the Georgia Department of Correction's Basic Correctional Officer's Training, and county employees must complete the Georgia Department of Correction's Basic Security Officers Training.
Some of the Richmond County departments and state agencies that use inmate work details include:
- Engineering Maintenance
- Landfill (Solid Waste)
- Parks and Recreation
- Central Services
- Animal Control
- Fire Department
- Grounds Maintenance
- Maintenance (painting, electrical, plumbing)
- Food Services (institution)
- Laundry (institution)
- State Agencies
- Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Board of Education
- Weekend Litter Patrol