As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 737 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On May 31, 2015, at Valdosta State Prison, visitor Marie Berrien attempted to enter the facility when staff noticed a bulge around her waist area. Berrien was instructed to turn over what she was trying to conceal. Berrien turned over six small, taped bundles that contained contraband. Marie Berrien was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.