October 10, 2018

New Northeast Correctional Complex warden Georgia Crowell, right, being interview by Tomahawk reporter, Megan Hollaway. Submitted photo

By Megan Hollaway
Freelance Writer

Local resident and former correctional officer for the Tennessee Department of Correction, Georgia Crowell has been appointed as the new warden of the Northeast Correctional Complex. Crowell began her career in prisons in 1984 until she working at the Northeast Correctional Complex in 1991 as an Inmates Relations Coordinator moving up to Unit management as an Inmate Counselor. By 2013 Crowell was made Unit Manager Health Administrator.
This was all under the supervision of the previous warden, Randy Lee who has recently retired from the warden position to be with his children and grandchildren.

Crowell’s appointment was followed quickly by a great achievement for the Correctional complex.The recent inspection and Audit, the first the Complex has had since the new warden stepped in, scored a 99.16 percent. The Correctional Complex houses 1,716 inmates, and they are offered six vocational programs as well as a GED program. It also provides intensive substance use and Anger Management counseling.

Georgia said, in relation to the quality of the complex, “It is considered the best in the State.”

When asked about the future of the Complex, and the mission she would take on as warden, Crowell spoke about the focus going forward for the Northeast Correctional Complex is to continue the way things have been- but redouble the safety for inmates, employees, and the community.

Crowell, who was previously the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Johnson County and is still active with the group, brought up the importance of the labor provided by the inmates to the city and surrounding county she said, “Northeast is a great community resource. We strive to be public servants to the community, while the inmates strive to maintain the beauty of the area by keeping grass of the public areas mowed and clean of litter.”
Northeast is a resource for the community in another way as well, as it employs a large number of individuals from the county.

Crowell commented on employment at the prison, stating that, “We really do have the most amazing employees. They are always happy to come to work and do such a great job.”