By Michael Light
Director, Georgia Parole Board
Office of Criminal Justice Research
The following article is reprinted with permission from the March 1999 edition of Georgia County Government Magazine, published by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the 85-year-old education, training and legislative advocacy organization of all 159 Georgia county governments. ACCG may be reached on the Web
or by writing 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1000, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Today, Georgia stands at a crossroads in its criminal justice history where policymakers and lawmakers must pay careful attention to the thin line between tough laws and smart criminal justice decisions.
Over the last ten years Georgia has spent billions to build thousands of new “hard” prison beds while enacting some…