Mission, Profile and Issues
To provide safe and secure prisoner housing primarily for state inmates under contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections, and for a limited number of county inmates; to provide an inmate labor force working daily for county departments including public works, solid waste, recreation and facilities management, and for other agencies on request.
Since 1946, this facility has been used as a work camp primarily for state prisoners (147 of the 170 prisoners housed are state prisoners). Additional costs for these inmates are allocated through other budget divisions where correctional officers supervise their work. Therefore, this budget division principally reflects the costs for basic housing, in-house supervision and facility care. However, the camp does place additional focus on anti- recidivist behavior. According to an internal inmate labor study, the labor provided returns approximately $3.0 million dollars of net value to the county citizens, which is equivalent to 1.8 mill of tax levy. Like the county jail, there are also increasing cost impacts related to inmate medical care. These activities include the transport of prisoners, substance abusers and mental patients to and from medical care facilities. Such transport is mandated by the criminal justice system, as is the cost of inmate medical care. While Bulloch County insures itself from catastrophic risk and provides lower level nursing care, medical and dental care for inmates having higher level conditions remain the financial responsibility of the county. Another similar issue is the housing of state prisoners. The State of Georgia, by mandate provides reimbursements of $20 per day for state inmates housed in county jails. This rate provides less than two-thirds of the total cost. Further, the state does not provide timely reimbursement, thus shifting the financial responsibilities to counties.
Correctional Officers typically work a 12 hour shift on a continuous 6:00 AM/PM rotation. A minimum of three officers are at the facility at all times to perform shakedowns, to maintain buildings, for transport and to check security. Average ratio for work details are 3 inmates to 1 guard, with not more than 12. Security level determines which inmates do what type of work.