The following excerpts contain all the substantial recommendations contained within the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform report that was released today by Governor Nathan Deal’s office. There was no news conference at the time this article was posted. The online complete Special Council report contains extensive sourcing footnotes that were eliminated here to ease reading. Edited for length.
Policies to Protect Public Safety, Hold Offenders Accountable and Contain Corrections Costs
Georgia policymakers are looking for ways to increase public safety and to control corrections spending and growth in the prison population. Per its legislative mandate, the Council undertook an extensive review of the state’s data and practices to analyze whether Georgia’s laws, policies and practices were focused on reducing…