Cumberland Times-News


November 20, 2008

NBCI hosts senior prison officials

Officials from the Republic of Georgia


Charbadze said he has visited prisons in other countries, including Poland and France, but their visit to Cresaptown marked “the first visit of a Georgian to an American prison.”

“The U.S. prison system is one more good example to benefit Georgia,” he said.

The group also visited D.C. Jail in Southeast Washington; the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore; and the Maryland Division of Correction regional training center in Hagerstown.

The Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs hosted the Georgian visitors.

NBCI Warden John Rowley said their visit was part of the Republic of Georgia’s efforts to reform and rebuild their prison system. “They heard that North Branch is state-of-the-art,” he said.

Dzimtseishvili said he hopes there will be additional visits by Georgian officials to the U.S., while also extending an invitation.

“It’s now the Americans’ turn to visit us,” he said.

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