By Mike Klein
Georgia criminal justice reform has passed both chambers but the House would need to agree to substitute legislation because the Senate added seven amendments when it passed the bill 51-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Two other floor amendments failed and two were withdrawn.
None of the amendments dramatically change Georgia’s most sweeping criminal justice reform since a generation of do the crime, do the time laws were passed some twenty years ago.
Governor Nathan Deal made criminal justice reform a major priority during his first State of the State address in January 2011. The work of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform last year and the legislature this year are an important first step forward with others…