Appointed to Historic Georgia State Prison
Stephen Upton Named as Facility Head
Atlanta – Georgia Department of
Corrections Commissioner James E. Donald
announced the appointment of Stephen Upton
as the new Warden of Georgia State Prison
in Reidsville, Ga. effective April 1, 2007.
Warden Upton has been an exceptional leader
throughout his career,” said Commissioner
Donald. “He has a deep commitment
and passion for Corrections and has been
very successful in contributing to our
mission across the state.”
Upton began his career in 1991 with the
Department of Corrections at Hays State
Prison as a Correctional Officer. He
was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant and
Manager while at Hays. In May 2000, he
was promoted to Superintendent at Paulding
Probation Detention Center. He has served
as Warden at Calhoun State Prison and
Hays State Prison.
As Warden, Mr. Upton will be responsible
for the supervision of over 970 inmates
with a facility staff of 684 professionals.
Georgia State Prison houses the most
recalcitrant and aggressive male adult
in the Georgia Prison system. The prison
also includes a Mental Health Unit.
In the late 1930’s the Federal Government
constructed the building that later became
Georgia State Prison. It was purchased
by the state of Georgia a few years later
after housing juvenile offenders who had
violated the law and were sent to prison.
Over the years, the institution has housed
as many as 3300 inmates including the state’s
most hardened criminals.
Georgia State Prison was the first prison
in the United States to receive accreditation
by the American Medical Association
for its health care delivery services.
model of GSP’s Mental Health Program
has been implemented in several federal
facilities across the country. Georgia
State Prison was also the first prison
to receive accreditation by the American
Correctional Association for meeting the
requirements set forth by the American
Correctional Association for Adult Correctional
The Georgia Department of Corrections
is the fifth largest prison system in the
United States and is responsible for supervising
over 57,000 inmates in custody and 140,000
probationers under supervision. It is the
largest law enforcement agency in the state
with nearly 15,000 employees.