AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio has learned of a "Mock" prison escape exercise that was held earlier this week at Hays State Prison in Pennville.  The exercise was conducted by the Georgia Department of Corrections to aid in the training of prison employees in the event of an escape.

State Representative Barbara Massey Reece of Menlo told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio on Thursday afternoon that the Department of Corrections notified her of their intentions to conduct the exercise.  Rep. Reece has been in close contact with the Department of Corrections expressing concerns about security at the prison since the escape of two inmates in October of last year.

Reece said that Department of Corrections officials told her the exercise went very well and praised the staff of Hays Prison for their dedication and participation in the exercise.