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September 7, 2019


Offenders Return to Coastal Facilities

FORSYTH, GA - The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) announced today that offenders evacuated earlier this week in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, have been transported back to coastal area facilities.

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s mandatory evacuation order for coastal Georgia, 1,670 offenders housed at Coastal State Prison, and 260 Coastal Transitional Center residents were evacuated on Tuesday, September 3rd.  As of  2:30 p.m. today, September 7, all 1,930 are safely back in those facilities. 

“I am proud of the GDC team who worked selflessly to ensure these offenders were kept out of harm’s way,” said GDC Commissioner, Timothy C. Ward.  “Our commitment to the safety of the public, our staff and offenders remains steadfast, regardless of the situation.”

As a reminder, friends and family of the offenders affected may contact GDC’s Call Center at 404-656-4661, for the most up-to-date offender location information.  Additionally, inmate locations are updated on the GDC website at, approximately 24-hours after relocation.   


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The Georgia Department of Corrections (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. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit

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