Atlanta, GA ~ Atlanta, GA - In a joint effort between Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), an extensive assessment of the state's corrections system has been announced. The goal of this assessment is to identify current strengths, opportunities for improvement, and recommendations to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.

This initiative comes as part of Governor Kemp's ongoing efforts to improve public safety for all Georgians. Since taking office in 2019, he has made it a top priority to crack down on crime, remove violent offenders from the streets, provide support and training for law enforcement, and invest over $1.6 billion into public safety.

"Keeping Georgians safe continues to be my top priority," said Governor Kemp. "We have made significant progress in bringing more violent criminals to justice, cracking down on criminal street gangs, investing in our law enforcement personnel, and strengthening penalties for those who threaten our communities. This comprehensive assessment will ensure that our correctional facilities have the necessary funding, technology, infrastructure, and operations to fulfill their mission."

To conduct this unbiased and thorough assessment, the state has partnered with Guidehouse, Inc., which is comprised of The Moss Group (TMG) and CGL Companies. This partnership brings together a team with extensive experience in conducting organizational assessments for corrections systems in all 50 states.

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GDC Commissioner Tyrone Oliver expressed his commitment to improving the corrections system: "When Governor Kemp appointed me, he gave me a clear mandate to keep Georgians safe by improving our corrections system. Thanks to our partnership with the General Assembly and other state leaders, we have made significant progress in areas such as retention levels and removing contraband from our prisons. However, we know there is still room for improvement. I am grateful that Guidehouse will provide a thorough review of our facilities and policies that will guide the next phase of GDC improvements."

Over the next twelve months, Guidehouse will visit multiple state prison facilities, gather information from GDC personnel, conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders, and use evidence-based practices and research to develop a full assessment. They will then provide actionable recommendations and support for implementation. To maintain the integrity of the process, Guidehouse and state entities will not be able to comment until the assessment is complete. At that time, a full briefing will be made available to stakeholders.

This in-depth assessment of Georgia's corrections system is a crucial step towards achieving a safer and stronger state for all who call it home. With the partnership of Guidehouse and the dedication of state leaders, it is hoped that this initiative will lead to significant improvements in public safety for Georgians.

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