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What are some facts about the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison in Jackson, GA?

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The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, Georgia, houses adult male felons who are in the close security category or are on death row, and it carries out state executions of prisoners, as of 2015, notes the Georgia Department of Corrections. The state built the facility in 1968 and renovated it in 1998, and it has a capacity of almost 2,500 prisoners.

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The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison's mission is to enhance public safety and manage offenders in a safe and secure facility, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. The facility has a special management unit with 192 beds and serves as a release site for Georgia sex offenders. There are eight cell blocks with both single- and double-bunked cells, eight dormitories, a fast track housing unit and a medical unit.

For security and safety, the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison has a correctional emergency response team, a tactical squad and a fire station, states the Georgia Department of Corrections. Inmates at the facility can participate in fire station, general grounds and maintenance, waste water, canine, or laundry work details. The state offers academic, counseling, recreational and religious opportunities for inmates at the prison, such as adult basic education, individual and group counseling and various worship services.

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