As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 533 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On July 16, 2013 an officer from Bleckley Probation Detention Center, observed a vehicle slow down and throw three packs of cigarettes to detainees on her City of Eastman work detail. The officer wrote down the vehicle tag number and contacted the City of Eastman Police Department to report the incident. Superintendent Tommy Bowen was notified that civilian Kenneth Dowdy was arrested.
2) On July 21, 2013, the Warden of Long State Prison observed civilian Gracie Teresa Larry drop off two cans of Skoal, one pack of Bugler and one pack of cigarettes at Jesup City Cemetery. The Jesup Police Department was notified and arrested civilian Larry.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.