As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 420 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On November 24, 2012, Visitor Javaris Lane was observed acting suspiciously while visiting an inmate at Smith State Prison. Upon further surveillance, visitor Lane was observed taking an item from his pant pocket and placing it on the table. The inmate then picked up the item and attempted to enter the visitation shakedown room. A voluntary consent form was signed by both parties and they were searched. No contraband was found on their person. A search of the visitor's vehicle was conducted by the assistance of the Glennville Police Department and several unknown items wrapped in what appeared to be black electrical tape were found. Items were immediately turned over to the Glennville Police Department as well as visitor Lane.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.