By Mike Klein
Each day across Georgia, the state Department of Corrections prepares enough meals to feed the population of the city of Marietta. Breakfast and lunch are served to nearly 60,000 adult prisoners. Paying for 31 state prisons annually costs taxpayers $1 billion, including the cost to manage 150,000 parolees.
State prison populations declined last year, the nation’s first year-to-year drop since 1972, according to a report released this month by the Pew Center on the States. Georgia, however, posted the sixth largest percentage increase in the nation, a 1.6 percent growth rate, or 843 more adult felons.
Just four states incarcerate more state prisoners than Georgia. As taxpayer funds dwindle, can Georgia continue to spend 6 percent of…