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February 8, 2023


Brian Adams Relieved of Post Immediately

FORSYTH, Ga. –  The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Tyrone Oliver announced today the termination and subsequent arrest of Brian Adams, Warden at Smith State Prison.  Adams has been terminated for violation of employee standards of conduct and bringing discredit to the GDC, resulting in criminal charges. 

“While we are disheartened to learn of the actions of former Warden Adams, our commitment to maintaining a zero-tolerance policy for individuals who choose to ignore their oath and jeopardize our non-negotiable mission of public safety applies to every level in the GDC.  We appreciate the support of our law enforcement partners in our efforts to see that justice is being served,” said Commissioner Tyrone Oliver.  “It is extremely important to note, however, that Adams’ actions do not reflect the hundreds of Officers, Wardens and other staff who are committed each and every day to ensuring the safety of the public and the safe operations of our facilities,” added Oliver.

Details regarding the arrest and formal charges can be found via this link to the press release issued today by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation:


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