Hays State Prison in Pennville will begin the New Year with a new Warden. Rick Jacobs officially takes over today as the new Warden of the facility which houses almost 1,700 close-security inmates. Jacobs – a native of Rome – joined the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer in 1992 and since that time has held several positions including those of Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Warden, and Director of Special Operations. Jacobs most recent assignment was Macon State Prison.