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11 Offenders Complete Lifers Program

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January 20, 2017

11 Offenders Complete Statewide Lifers and Long-Term Offender Program

Johnson State Prisons Hosts 1st Graduation 

FORSYTH, Ga. – On January 12, Johnson State Prison hosted their first Statewide Lifers and Long-Term Offender Program (Lifers Program) graduation. There were eleven offenders who completed the six-month program.

“The Lifers program is unique because it offers interactive programming to long-term offenders, that supports prosocial thinking and behavior,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “The 11 determined men who completed this program have made great strides in their personal development,” added Dozier.  

The Lifers program is available to offenders who were sentenced to life with or without parole, and offenders serving 20 or more years. The curriculum includes instructional information on the following: Who am I, Acceptance of Reality, Benefits of Journaling, Taking Care of My Health, Stress Management, Lessons Learned, Goals After Graduation, and more.  Each offender also participates in community services within the prison, which includes extra duty detail as a kitchen helper or assisting with janitorial work around the institution.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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