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State Hopes to Grow Montgomery State Prison
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

July 13--  Ceremonies inducting a new warden brought some hopeful news to employees of Montgomery State Prison Tuesday near Mount Vernon.

Brian Owens, the Commissioner of the State Department of Corrections, reaffirmed the prison will remain open and he hopes it can grow in the future.  "We know this particular facility was potentially going to be closed this past fiscal year.  We believe though that if the economy picks up we will not have to close it down and, in fact, will look for opportunities to expand it to make it a lower inmate per day cost,"  Owens said.

Owens said he'd like to more than double Montgomery's prison population to bring it to 1,000 inmates and that would mean more jobs for this area.

The new warden is Tom Gramiak who's been at the prison as Deputy Warden since 2003.  He succeeds Warden Billy Brown who retired the end of May.

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Gramiak (left) accepts change of responsibility flag from Commissioner Brian Owens as former warden Billy Brown looks on.

"I only hope I can mimic the leadership of Mr. Brown and the past wardens I've worked for.  I thank the leadership for this opportunity.  My number one goal is to protect the public.  That's my job and I accept that fully," Gramiak said.

 
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