State Prison

Built in 1950, this former state prison once housed black patients during segregation who were sent to a nearby hospital . After being transferred to the Department of Corrections, the facility was used as state prison until closing in 2011. The building was converted into a men’s only state prison in 1978. The prison housed 600 medium and minimum security inmates. Most of the prisoners were elderly or disabled who were sentenced to spend their remaining years behind bars. A majority of these inmates were confined to wheelchairs or beds and suffering from health issues.

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A holding area for inmates inside the state prison.

Only inmates who had a security level too high to go outside the prison were considered for jobs inside the prison. If the inmate had a low level of security, they were assigned to outside work details. Inmates were allowed one hour each day of yard time.

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A control room littered with discarded materials.

 

State Prison
The outdoor recreational courtyard had a basketball court and numerous tables. You can still make out the outline of a chess board on this table.

 

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These bath tubs are unusual for a state prison, however this particular prison housed geriatric inmates.

Younger inmates who were able-bodied, several dozen in total; were housed in separate modular building on the prison grounds. These inmates worked to maintain the prison inside and out helping with tasks such as changing light bulbs, cleaning floors, and preparing meals in the kitchen.

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Hospital beds and wheelchairs were a few of the items left behind after the prison closed.

 

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Inmate photos and keys left inside a control room.

In 1963, the hospital built this church with donations. The church was used as the prison chapel after the Department of Corrections took over.

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The prison’s chapel appears untouched even though it has not been used in over a decade.

 

State PrisonThe inmates were housed in eight dormitories averaging 65 beds per dormitory. The state prison had eight cells for isolation and segregation.

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The only hallway of segregation cells inside the state prison.

 

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A Georgia state flag hangs on the wall inside a control room.

 

 

 

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