As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 738 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
On June 7, 2015, at Ware State Prison, staff noticed visitor Tonia Ballard attempting to place contraband into a potato chip bag during visitation. A further search was conducted on the visitor, without additional findings. Visitor Ballard was arrested by the Milledgeville Police Department.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.