Tag: Mike Klein

Georgia Poised to Rejoin Interstate Compact for Juveniles

By Mike Klein Georgia appears poised to rejoin the Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ) which is one of those under-the-radar parts of law that most folks don’t think much about. Forty-nine states have a contractual agreement under which they can return out-of-state juvenile offenders to their home states. The state that does not participate with the other 49 states is Georgia. It was not always that way. Georgia was an Interstate Compact member starting in 1955 through the first seven years of former Governor Sonny Perdue’s administration. But in 2010, the eighth and final year of Perdue’s second term, Georgia withdrew from the Compact.  That decision is now seen as incompatible with ongoing juvenile justice reform, said Clayton County Juvenile… View Article
(Click on YouTube links to watch Council on Criminal Justice Reform segments.) By Mike Klein Georgia would “Ban the Box” and take a deeper dive into return-to-prison recidivism rates under two preliminary recommendations approved this week by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  The Council’s final report is due to Governor Nathan Deal, the judiciary and legislators before they open their session on Monday, January 13, 2014. The Council approved four proposals to update civil asset forfeiture law which has been a contentious issue.  (YouTube)  And, it sought to strengthen personal protection by proposing legal action could be taken against private parties who publish erroneous or outdated criminal records, especially when that information is provided to employers… View Article
By Mike Klein When President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon” in 1961, he meant quickly, before the end of the decade.  Eight years later an American flag was planted on the moon, the result of a clear vision and a clear goal.  Regrettably, no similar clear vision or goal can be found in Georgia’s new digital learning task force report.   Transition won out over transformation when something clear and bold is what was really needed. The Digital Learning Task Force report released Wednesday is the result of more than one year’s work requested by Governor Nathan Deal.  Divided into sections on infrastructure, digital content and courses, and, blended and competency-based learning, the report touches… View Article
(This article is an excerpt of a presentation made by the author this week to Georgia justice system stakeholders who engage offenders before, during and after incarceration.  Stakeholders included representatives of justice, behavioral, housing, employment and other state agencies.) By Dennis  M. Schrantz Trying to reduce crime, reducing the number of victims, that is what’s at the heart of this work.  Every time we talk about re-entry we need to focus on the brass ring, crime reduction. We’re not eliminating crime; we’re reducing crime.  We’re not eliminating people returning to prison; we’re reducing the number of people returning to prison. We’re doing that because it reduces the number of victims we have.  Who’s against reducing the number of victims? Re-entry… View Article

Tearing Down Invisible Prison Walls Created by Poverty

By MIKE KLEIN Prisons do not need walls.  High unemployment, low education, blight, depression, desperation and deprivation can become easy substitutes for bricks and mortar.   Simply because someone completes time inside prison walls going home does not guarantee new hope and a new life. Ex-offenders often return to “some of the poorest neighborhoods and urban centers and rural towns throughout America and the city of Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia is no exception,” said Theo Harris when he recently addressed the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  Harris wears many hats in his community, among them, member of the Griffin-Spalding Reentry Task Force. Standing before a large mural filled with multi-colored stick pins, Harris showed Council members four Griffin census… View Article
By Mike Klein One by one they came to the podium; the convicted murderer who served 25 years in state prison; the long-term addict who turned to drugs after relatives sexually abused her when she was less than ten years old; the former elected official who took money under the table and when his scheme unraveled, he went away to the federal Big House.  One by one, they came to the podium with nearly the same message:  If you want to rehabilitate someone, start early. “It is impossible to let a person go five-to-six years in prison and expect that person to rehabilitate himself and begin that process six months before you come home,” said convicted murderer Aakeem Woodard.  “How… View Article

Friday Facts: November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013 It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” – President Obama, June 2009 “[Fifty] to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law.” NBC News, October 29 “You… View Article

Friday Facts: August 30, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Workmen’s compensation, hours and conditions of labor are cold consolations, if there be no employment.” – Calvin Coolidge “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.” – Thomas Sowell Events Mark your calendar: Georgia’s Digital Economy is the focus of a half-day event on Monday, September 16, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. The discussions, hosted by the Foundation and Google, include an all-star entrepreneurship panel, a discussion of… View Article

Checking up on Health: August 27, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Self-diagnosis? It can save you a trip to the pediatrician and help ensure that health care resources are used more effectively. It’s the online symptom-checker, available on more than a dozen children’s hospital Web sites. And it’s the brainchild of Dr. Barton Schmitt, medical director of the pediatrics call center at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. He keeps the symptom-checker platform updated with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other organizations. In 2009 it was rebuilt as an app. In a survey of users of the platform as it appears on a dozen pediatricians’ Web sites, 94 percent of… View Article

Friday Facts: August 16, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.” – Calvin Coolidge “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’” – Henry Ford “I come from a background where responsible science and technology are the difference between life and death. The Apollo Program relied on quality data and objective interpretation to advance knowledge in areas of science and technology that had never before been explored. All of us had complete trust in the competence, integrity and accountability of those we worked with to create the systems and hardware we depended on in the most extreme environment. We did not… View Article

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