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What is the Georgia Department of Corrections?

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The Georgia Department of Corrections operates the state's prison and probation systems. More than 55,000 prisoners were housed in its facilities at the beginning of 2015.

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More than 12,500 people are employed to operate Georgia's prisons, oversee its prisoners and provide probation services to former prisoners through the Corrections Division. More than 160,000 people are on standalone or post-prison probationary sentences.

The Education and Programs Division provides services to help prisoners prepare for life after their release. The Education Unit aids prisoners who do not have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma through classroom instruction. The Chaplaincy Division offers personal counseling and worship services to allow inmates to practice their religion. The Workforce Development Division offers job-training programs to help inmates enter employment after their release.

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