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More Than 51,000 Risk Reduction Program Certificates Earned

Timothy C. Ward
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Joan Heath
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August 22, 2019
More Than 51,000 Risk Reduction Program Certificates Earned
Gaining Skills for Successful Reentry

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Risk Reduction Unit provides evidence-based programming to offenders throughout the state.  During fiscal year (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019), the Unit exceeded its goal of 46,000 cognitive program completions by achieving 51,987 program certificates earned.  Program completion certificates demonstrate effective offender intervention in criminal thinking, substance abuse, education and employment. 

“The implementation of evidence-based programming allows the GDC to focus on changing criminal thinking while reducing criminal behavior.” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “Effective programming provides offenders with a significant step in their rehabilitation process and prepares them for a successful reentry.”

Throughout fiscal year 2019, the GDC implemented various curriculums to ensure offenders have access to programming.  For example, the Odyssey program was developed throughout Transitional Centers, to support the mission and needs of the offender population by focusing on relevant life skills needed for successful transition back into their communities.  In addition, a structed offender mentor program was created which requires that offenders interested in being mentors submit an application, participate in an interview, complete required training and be evaluated yearly for mentorship, allowing for a more systematic approach to mentorship.

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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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