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.

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.

Still Asking for Whom Georgia’s Roads are Tolled?

Automobiles heading north in the toll lanes along I-75 encountered no delays on April 27, while traffic in the general-purpose lanes crawled for miles because of construction delays.

By Benita M. Dodd

The toll lanes are coming! The toll lanes are…

AEI Brief: The Evolution of Career and Technical Education

A new paper by Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute examines “The evolution of career and technical education: 1982–2013.”

Key Points

As vocational education has evolved into career and technical education (CTE) over the past several decades, it has progressed away…

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.

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…

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…

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.

Technology Can Trump Tough Love

Sometimes, efforts to legislate and regulate turn ordinary Americans into lawbreakers or foundering pariahs.

Marsy’s Law of Unintended Consequences

Proceed cautiously with a victims' rights amendment.

News Release: Foundation President McCutchen Stepping Down at Year’s End

After nearly 25 years, Foundation CEO is accepting a new position.

A Thanksgiving to be Grateful for Leaders with Integrity

By Benita M. Dodd

Tim Huelskamp, speaking at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, told attendees, “I spent six years in Washington and it’s still the same today: The real action, the real opportunities for growth and actually reinvigorating…

Feeding on Problems: From World Hunger to Abundance

By Harold Brown

Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Remember when India was a poster-country for overpopulation and starvation? In just one sign, The New York Times carried more than 100 articles per year from 1965 to…

The Unintended Consequences of Trade Protectionism

By Jeffrey Dorfman

Jeffrey Dorfman

The International Trade Commission has ruled that imported solar panels from China and other countries were injuring U.S. manufacturers, which will provide President Trump with the opportunity to impose tariffs in order to protect American solar panel…