The Clayton County Prison provides low cost labor across the
spectrum of County Departments, Agencies, Water Authority and
Clayton County municipalities by housing and working inmates from
the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Inmates do a variety of jobs (many are skilled) that would be
cost prohibitive at the current level if done by paid staff. The
Major renovation work and minor
construction for county government and separate municipalities
(City of Morrow, City of Lake City, City of Forest Park, and City
of Riverdale), and the Clayton County Water Authority (all paying
Carpentry, plumbing, painting,
electrical, HVAC work in county buildings.
Cleaning of all county
Cleaning and maintaining grounds
and facilities in county parks.
Collecting roadside refuse and
clearing road rights of way, lawn maintenance at various county
departments; paving roads, installing sidewalks, digging and
clearing ditches and catch basins; clearing dangerous intersections
of trees and brush; and responding to severe weather clearing
requests. Operating landfill transfer station, metal separation
point, chipper/shredder, heavy earthmoving equipment, and a
Making and installing traffic
signs, installing and maintaining signal equipment.
Fueling vehicles at County Gas
Station, and repairing vehicles at County Fleet Maintenance and
Water Authority Garages.
The Prison's operating capacity is 242 medium and minimum
security inmates. Approximately 55% are minimum and can work under
civilian supervision. The remaining are medium custody and work
under Corrections Officers outside or inside the Prison.
Most inmates work in the public
sector, that is, roads and right of ways, and in and around public
buildings and real property. Most citizens are not aware that the
county right of way extends from the curb to between 10-15 feet in
their yards. We occasionally have to work in that area and
elsewhere on private property, e.g., (1) By court order in the case
of abandoned or foreclosed property, and (2) to correct drainage
problems affecting the neighborhood. It is against Georgia law (GA
Code 42-5-37) for any person to profit from inmate labor. Thus, we
are scrupulous in avoiding unlawful situations. If you question a
particular work project, call the Warden or Deputy Warden at (770)
473-5777 and someone will quickly meet you on site to look into the
legitimacy of the work.
Some citizens are concerned when
they see convicts working near their house or subdivision. We are
working the least dangerous inmates within the Georgia Department
of Corrections, they are under trained supervision and they
represent an optimization of your tax dollar. The full weight of
the law enforcement system is available by radio and cellular phone
were there to be a problem.
The County saves a net of $1,037,400 tax dollars by working
Warden: Frank Taylor Smith
11420 S.L.R. Boulevard,
Lovejoy, GA 30250
Telephone: (770) 473-5777
Fax: (770) 473-5783