What is the history of Macon State Prison?


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Macon State Prison was constructed in 1993 and opened as a functioning facility one year later, states the Georgia Department of Corrections. The facility has been used to house male felons for the entirety of its operation, as of 2015, at a close security level.

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Key features of the Macon State Prison include a capacity of 1,762 inmates who require a high level of security, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. The prison consists of nine buildings and offers academic programs, religious services, vocational opportunities, counseling availability and recreation. Inmates can participate in work details, including food preparation, inside and outside maintenance, and laundry. The GDC specifies weekends and holidays as the only available days for inmates to receive visitors.

The Macon facility was built to serve the purposes deemed by the Georgia Department of Corrections to be necessary for a State Prison, primarily as a handling facility for offenders who have exhausted all other forms of punishment. The official mission of the Macon State Prison includes the goals of maintaining safety and security while housing inmates, and processing offenders effectively, according to the GDC.

Macon State is a part of the online correctional database operated by the government of the State of Georgia, which provides lists of facilities as well as maps and general information about the state's many correctional resources.

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