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77th Georgia Prison Warden’s Association Awards banquet held in Savannah

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The 77th Georgia Prison Warden's Association Awards Banquet was held Monday.

The non-profit's purpose is to organize and promote the administration of the prison system.

Folks headed out to the Savannah Marriott for a keynote address given by speaker Captain Robert Johnson, with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Captain Johnson, now retired, was confronted in his home by gang members, retaliating his enforcement of contraband in jail.

Monday, he talked about his near-death experience. We also caught up with the GPWA president who talked about the most common contraband in the state.

"We fight contraband every day and cell phones is one of the biggest issues we have right now. We want a better prison, a safe and secure prison, and that's all our goal is to run a secure prison and we have to pull together to protect our prison. So we have to keep these bad guys behind the fence,” said Warden Jimmy Colson, GPWA.

The Prison Warden's Association was founded in 1939. Wardon Colson says meeting like this once a year is a great way to network and see how each prison can benefit from one another. 

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