Hall County
State Prison

GDC - Phillips Transitional Center is a minimum security state prison located in Buford, GA. This Georgia Department of Corrections camp is classified at the lowest security level for a state facility. Minimum security prisons or prison camps are comprised of non-secure dormitories which are routinely patrolled by correctional officers; it has its own group toilet and shower area adjacent to the sleeping quarters that contain double bunks and lo ckers. The prison has a single perimeter fence which is inspected on a regular basis, but has no armed watch towers or roving patrol. There is less supervision and control over inmates in the dormitories and less supervision of inmate movement within the prison than at any other custody level. Inmates assigned to minimum security prisons generally pose the least risk to public safety. The camp is considered the best situation to be in if you have to be incarcerated. Inmates must have less than 10 years on their sentence, be non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for camp designation. Long term inmates at higher security institutions within the system are incentivized to "work their way down" in the custody levels to be eligible for transfer to the camp. GDC - Phillips Transitional Center is a state penitentiary that is operated by the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) and is used to house and rehabilitate criminals sentenced by a judge to a specific commitment length. The state's prisons are funded by state tax money to provide food and clothes to inmates and to train and hire employees to operate the prison efficiently. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and are "property of the state". They must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. They do retain some rights as granted by the state and federal constitutions. Prison is like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the "hole"), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), and the inmates all have a job that assist in keeping the facility running.  There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat.  All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.  Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen. Meal times are assigned and inmates have 25 minutes in which to eat and leave the dining room, there are no seconds. Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time.  All movements of inmates from one area to another are monitored and supervised.  Visitation is a privilege reserved for inmates in good standing and contact is limited. All phone calls (except legal calls) are recorded and monitored and must be made collect or with a pre-paid account, or a debit card. 

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