As a minimum security facility, GDC - Southwest Probation Detention Center (PDC) GA has dormitory housing. The prisoners are classed as low level risk, and GDC - Southwest Probation Detention Center (PDC) GA has no perimeter fencing and a low staff-to-inmate ratio. To assist inmates in their rehabilitation, GDC - Southwest Probation Detention Center (PDC) GA has many work programs which enable inmates to work in local institutions.
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A probation detention center (PDC) is a minimum security facility for confining probationers up to 180 days. Offenders may be sent directly to the center as a sentencing option or if they prove unable to fulfill their probation obligations in the community, may be sent to the detention center as a result of a revocation proceeding. There are seven PDCs currently in operation with a total of 2,300 beds. Two of the centers house female probationers, totaling 470 beds.
PDCs provide a sanctioning option for probationers who require more security or supervision, but may not qualify for a boot camp. The centers are highly structured, with regimented schedules that include supervised, unpaid work in surrounding communities and programming geared toward making them more successful in the community.
There are three facilities that house probationers with severe substance abuse problems. Two facilities serve male offenders with a capacity of 592 beds, and one facility provides services for female offenders with a capacity of 198 beds. The program for all three facilities offers advanced cognitive-behavioral substance abuse treatment with a complete mental health component.MISSION
- A sentencing alternative to jail or prison• Seven male facilities and two female facility
- Highly structured minimum security facility with regimented schedules that include supervised, unpaid work in surrounding communities
- Military style discipline is emphasized
- May be used as a direct sentencing option or a revocation/ Probation Options Management sanction
- Associated with the facility side of the Department in terms of care, custody, food service and medical needs
- Short-term programs with a designed length of 60-180 days
- Average stay (if no behavior issues) is 90 days
- Probationers required to work on a detail (inside or outside)
- May receive credit for time served while awaiting on bed space for PDC in the county jail if Judge/Hearing Officers states specifically on the court order.
- Probationers are transported to each facility by the local sheriff’s office
- All probationers are required to be on work detail (inside or outside) five days per week.
- Work detail within facility: food service, horticulture, auto-body, building grounds maintenance, janitorial, laundry, utilities, maintenance and sanitation duties
- Community work details: Under supervision, low security offenders build, refurbish and maintain prison and civic buildings, perform road work, clean public buildings and schools and work at recycling centers and landfills
- Programming varies from minimal education improvement to a broader spectrum of evidence-based treatment programs depending on the facility’s resources and court ordered requirements to include:
- Motivation for Change
- Substance abuse counseling-primarily AA/NA
- Life Skills
- Job Readiness
- Group Counseling
- Personal Health
- GED/Adult Basic Education