Brian Ownes, Commissioner of the State Department of Corrections in Georgia, said that the prison system in the state has lost more than 1,500 jobs over the past two years. Ownes said that most of the jobs have came through attrition.

They are currently close to 60,000 inmates behind bars.

It was announced last year that three prisons in the state are going to close its doors this year. Last year the state closed Scott State Prison in Milledgeville. The three this year added with Scott last year housed 3,500 beds.

State Representative Barbara Massey Reece told AM 1180 earlier this week that she had spoke with Commisisoner Owens about the possibility of any more job losses and that Owens indicated that the state prison system can not handle any more job cuts.

Coosa Valley News / AM 1180