FORSYTH - The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC) partnered with the American Red Cross and recently awarded Georgia State Prison, Wilcox State Prison, and the Dahlonega-based Enotah Probation Circuit with the first ever Battle of the Badges awards. <br />
"The Department is proud to award these facilities for working so hard to help a great cause," said GDOC Commissioner Brian Owens. "Even through competition, the Department as a whole strives to serve as one team," added Commissioner Owens. <br />
This year-long blood drive is an effort by the American Red Cross to support the men and women of the GDOC. Facilities and offices across the state were encouraged to host blood drives, competing against one another for the highest rate of success. <br />
Georgia State Prison was awarded the Largest One Day Blood Drive; Wilcox State Prison was awarded the Largest Overall Collection; and the Enotah Probation Circuit was awarded the Battle of the Badges Overall Winner and received Annual Traveling Trophy by the American Red Cross.
The new Hall County Correctional Institute opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday by Warden Walt Davis, who touted his department's ability to bring the cost of the $7 million facility down nearly 50 percent.
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