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State’s Continued Budget Cuts Hold Serious Trickle Effect for Lanier County

By Carol A. Gasser Moore


LAKELAND, GEORGIA – Tucked quietly along N. 10th Street in Lakeland, many people in Lanier County know very little about the Robert L. Patten Probation Detention Center.  It houses a maximum of 252 male inmates, who have served time at the Center’s host facility – Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta. With over 54 staff positions, it is one of a handful of businesses which employ a number of our local citizens.    Governor Brian Kemp has asked all state agencies to increase their budget cuts another 6% or a total of 14% for 2020 and into 2021, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus.  As a result, the RLP Probation Detention Center is most likely to be closed.

Read all about it in Lanier County News e-edition for May 28th!

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