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New Warden Named at Johnson State Prison

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September 16, 2015

New Warden Named at Johnson State Prison

Shawn Emmons Promoted

FORSYTH, Ga. – Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Homer Bryson announced the promotion of Shawn Emmons to Warden at Johnson State Prison effective September 16, 2015. As Warden, Emmons will be responsible for overseeing 359 staff members and 1,612 medium security male offenders at the facility located in Wrightsville, Ga.

“Shawn has served the Department of Corrections faithfully for 17 years,” said Commissioner Bryson. “We are confident that his experience will serve him well in his new role as Warden.”

Emmons began his career with the department in May 1998 as a Correctional Officer at Valdosta State Prison. During his tenure at Valdosta State Prison, he served as an Offender Rehabilitation Counselor and Chief Counselor. In May 2013, Emmons was promoted to Deputy Warden of Care and Treatment at Valdosta State Prison, where he most recently served.

Emmons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University. He has completed the following departmental training: Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT), Basic Counselor Training, Re-Entry Specialist Training, Sex Offender Release and Registration Training, PREA Compliance Training, Basis Management Training (BMT), Advanced Management Training (AMT) Correctional Leadership Institute (CLI), Deputy Wardens Academy and Warden’s Pre-Command.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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