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NEWS RELEASE April 2, 2007

Georgia Department of Corrections
James E. Donald, Commissioner

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Yolanda Thompson, Director

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For Immediate Release

New Warden 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.”

Warden 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 Unit 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 offenders incarcerated 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. The 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 Facilities.

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.


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