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Baldwin State Prison

Baldwin State Prison

140 Laying Farm Rd SE, Milledgeville (GA), 31061, United States

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(478) 452-7608

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Description The Baldwin State Prison, previously the Baldwin Correctional Institution and the Georgia Women's Correctional Institution, is a prison located in Milledgeville, Georgia, United States. The prison has a capacity of 900. After complaints in the early 1990s by more than 200 women of sexual abuse by guards, an investigation was conducted. More than a dozen guards were prosecuted. The state decided to move the women to other prison facilities for a total change in culture. This facility now houses only adult male felons, with a capacity of 992.Also on the prison grounds is a boot camp which houses 240. It was constructed and opened in 1979. It was renovated in 1989 and re-opened in 1990. It is a medium security prison. It is a part of the Georgia Department of Corrections.HistoryIn 1984 several women at GWCI sued the prison, accusing employees of committing sexual abuse. By September 1, 1992, 70 women at GWCI said that prison guards had sexually abused them. By 1993 over 180 prisoners at GWCI stated that prison guards had sexually abused them.In the early 1990s, based on affidavits of almost 200 prisoners at GWCI who said they had been abused, more than 12 DOC employees were suspended, fired, and transferred. Several top administrators in the department and several top employees at GWCI were relieved of their positions. As part of the scandal, 15 men and women were indicted on criminal charges of sexually abusing prisoners. Two prison guards pleaded guilty and received probation. A Baldwin County jury acquitted another prison guard. The state dropped charges against the other accused parties. In 1992 Mary Esposito, a native of Waycross, Georgia and the first female warden of an all-male prison in Georgia, took over as the warden of Baldwin State; she had been transferred from the Burruss Correctional Training Center.
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