A well-functioning criminal justice system enforces order and respect for every person’s right to property and life, and ensures liberty does not lead to license. Accountability metrics should include reduced crime rates and recidivism, victim restitution and conserving taxpayer dollars. Prosecutions should be reserved for blameworthy conduct, not wielded to grow government or undermine economic freedom.

Overcriminalization in 60 Seconds

The solution to over-criminalization involves not only working to remove redundant and vague laws from the books, but ensuring that future laws are easily understood and well defined.

Smart On Crime Georgia

Smart on Crime GA is a collection of policy and non-profit organizations in Georgia that do not come from a single political party or background; they are diverse in their beliefs and meet on the common ground of a vision for a Georgia that is smarter on crime.

News Release: Foundation Commends Congress for FIRST STEP Act

News Release | For Immediate Release December 20, 2018 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050)

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Commends Congress on FIRST STEP Act

Atlanta –  Bipartisan passage this week of the FIRST STEP Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, is a feather in…

Reporter Newspapers Publishes Foundation Op-ed on ‘Marsy’s Law’

A proposed state constitutional amendment that “provides rights for victims of crime in the judicial process” is commonly known as “Marsy’s Law.” The Georgia Public Policy Foundation warned in 2017 of the unintended consequences of the Senate’s initial legislation.

FBI Releases 2017 Uniform Crime Report

(September 24, 2018): The FBI has  released its Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for 2017, a compilation of the volume and rate of violent and property crime offenses for the nation and by state.

In Georgia, violent crime declined 8.5 percent overall in…

2018 Forum Focuses on Georgia’s Imminent Challenges

Policy experts take on education, health care, criminal justice and pensions.

Rural Pretrial Incarceration, a Disproportionate Issue

By Sophia Strickland

Reports on the United States’ rapidly increasing incarcerated population have sparked a discussion over bail reform. However, a segment that may not receive as much attention in this area is the pretrial, incarcerated rural population, which has…

Council’s Misdemeanor Bail Reform Proposals

A summary of the misdemeanor bail reform findings and recommendations from the February 2018 Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (pages 25-39).

By Sophia Strickland

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform’s 2018 report delivered to Gov. Nathan Deal…

Doug Collins

Federal Prison Reform Initiative Informed by Georgia Successes

By Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

Georgians value justice. My father was a State Trooper for 31 years, and he helped me understand that an effective criminal justice system elevates human dignity by punishing wrongdoing, protecting victims and rehabilitating…

Criminal Justice Reform Council A Blueprint for Georgia

By Kyle Wingfield

Lots of things die at the end of a legislative session: bills, constitutional amendments, one’s faith in humanity (just kidding about that last one – mostly).

Some of what doesn’t survive is not to be regretted; some is. Rarely…

Winners and Losers in Georgia’s 2017-18 Session

The good, the bad, the ugly of the 2017-18 legislative session.

Foundation VP Benita Dodd Shares Thoughts 50 Years After Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Foundation looks back on policies since MLK's death.

Why Conservatives Should Support Criminal Justice Reform  

Prisons cannot be mere people warehouses.

Marsy’s Law of Unintended Consequences

Proceed cautiously with a victims' rights amendment.

Second Chances for Ex-Offenders

Expungement of records can help young job seekers.

Making a “Clean Break” from Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia

By Russ Coker

The topic of civil asset forfeiture, the practice of law enforcement seizing and holding property even if the owner is never charged with or convicted of a crime, has made the news recently both in Georgia and nationally.

The…

Legislature 2017 Misses Many Opportunities

Last-minute rush leaves behind important ideas. Again.

Criminal Justice Reform Legislative Post-Game

By Ross Coker

As the dust settles from the 2017 legislative session, among the legislation heading to the Governor’s desk are three significant criminal justice reform-related measures initiated in the Senate.

The first, Senate Bill 174, focuses on Georgia’s Accountability Court system…

The United States’ Criminal Caste: The Problem of Collateral Consequences

By Ross Coker

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and other organizations committed to intelligent criminal justice reform in Georgia, have for some time pointed out Georgia’s astronomical rates of parole and probation, the highest in the nation by far. Georgia…

Georgia Has Opportunity to Set the Tone for Use of Drones

By Ross Coker

The popularity of consumer-grade multi-rotor or quadcopter devices, the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as “drones,” has skyrocketed over the last several years. While previously a niche product for aviation and remote controlled vehicle (“RC”) enthusiasts, the…