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Man killed in self-defense in Augusta had recently been released from prison

...report, Georgia corrections officials have doubled the number of medical reprieves since fiscal year 2008. Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens said in the article that the parole board was granting about 70 percent of medical reprieves, where...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-10-05/man-killed-self-defens
Interim warden appointed at northwest Ga. prison after inmate deaths

...interim warden at a northwest Georgia prison where three inmates have died since mid-December.Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens named Rick Jacobs to head Hays State Prison in Trion. Warden Clay Tatum is being reassigned within...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-02-06/interim-warden-appoint
Probation officer expected to fully recover from gunshot wound

...the office with a concealed gun that he produced during the altercation.Brian Owens, Georgia Department of Corrections commissioner, expressed his gratitude for the quick response from police."Our law enforcement partners have been a source...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-07-23/probation-officer-expe
Man who killed officer had 20-year criminal record

...makes the reasons for a parole confidential.Wayne Garner, a former parole board chairman and a former state corrections commissioner, said the board often paroles inmates in hopes that a supervised release will allow them to integrate back...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-01-06/man-who-killed-officer-had-20-year-
Georgia jails have empty beds after state reduced sentences

...that lightened the sentences for many non-violent crimes is resulting in empty jail bunks across the state, Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens told legislators Wednesday.There was hardly any objection last year when lawmakers in this traditionally...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-01-23/georgia-jails-have-emp
Across Georgia

...State Prison will be closed this spring to save more than $19 million heading into another tough budget year.Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens spoke to a joint legislative appropriations committee Wednesday as one of several agency chiefs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-01-19/across-georgia
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7 Ga. prison guards charged in beating

...southwest of Macon.All are charged with aggravated battery and violating their oaths of office.At the request of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate allegations of incidents at Macon...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-02-21/7-ga-prision-guards-charged-
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Ga. pardons board granting more medical reprieves to sick inmates to save millions in spending

...Board of Pardons and Paroles has jumped from 51 in 2008 to 89 in the most recent fiscal year.Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens said it was part of an effort to build a better relationship with the pardons board. Five years...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2012-05-26/ga-pardons-board-grant
Budget squeezes Georgia prison officials

...cuts after meeting recently with Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, who leads the House Appropriations Committee. Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens said the state was already withholding 5 percent of each month's appropriations -- as it is this...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/11/08/met_554934.shtml
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Prison health costs mount

...My medical costs are going to go up $25 million this year to almost $200 million," said Department of Corrections Commissioner James Donald, who will be asking lawmakers for the additional money in next year's state budget. He recently...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/10/01/met_145819.shtml
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