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Department where he served for 17 years before coming to work at Marion.

“We have had few if any problems because of his ability to defuse tense situations and reason with the hardest of prisoners,” wrote assistant superintendent Robert Benfield. “His calm but authoritative demeanor commands the respect of all who come into contact with him.”   

Macopsen also serves as an assistant platoon leader on the Prison Emergency Response Team and as a reserve sheriff’s deputy for Rutherford County.  In his spare time, he instructs youth in physical fitness and weightlifting and volunteers at a local hospice.

Angela Powell

Caledonia Correctional Institution

A member of the Eastern Region Drug Interdiction Team, Powell has participated in several interdictions to help stop the flow of drugs into our prisons.  Currently assigned to the mailroom, she scans incoming and outgoing mail to prevent the distribution of contraband.  She also sorts and distributes the mail. Prior to assuming her current assignment, Powell supervised close custody field squads who worked on the farm, from both horseback and the ground. She is extremely competent with a shotgun, revolver and rifle. Her supervisors describe her as an exceptional officer who always exemplifies professionalism and does what is needed for the good of the Department.

Garrett Robinson


A 1997 graduate of Appalachian State University, Robinson is a programs assistant at IMPACT West who takes on many additional duties. When the legislature ordered IMPACT to reduce its staff size by 25 percent last year resulting in the elimination of Robinson’s drill instructor position, Robinson accepted the programs assistant position so that he could continue working with the IMPACT program.  In his new position, his supervisors say he goes beyond his regular duties to assist with intake of new trainees, DNA testing, the ropes course and in-service training. He is an eight-year veteran of the Department of Correction.

Sgt. David Schram


A drill instructor at IMPACT East, Schram was recognized for his outstanding productivity and contribution to the IMPACT correctional program. He arrives early every morning to conduct security patrols before his scheduled start time.  During one snowstorm, he stayed overnight at the unit to make sure he was able to report the next morning.  He also recently donated more than 140 hours of annual leave to a fellow employee on medical leave.

“Sgt. Schram always puts the mission of IMPACT first, the people under his control second and himself last,” said Capt. John McGrew.

Schram is a graduate of Vicenza American High School in Vicenza, Italy.  An eight-year veteran of the Department, he served 24 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a first sergeant.

Debra Walser

Southern Correctional Institution

As the correctional officer in charge of the records section at Southern Correctional Institution, Walser is responsible for maintaining the records of about 500 close-custody inmates and for coordinating inmate paroles and releases. She fields countless phone calls from people requesting inmate information.

Walser also serves as the victim information coordinator at Southern, responding to questions and concerns and making appropriate referrals.  In April, she organized Montgomery

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