Despite being a pro-business state, Georgia’s legal environment lags behind many states. Georgia should continue to focus on medical malpractice reform as the first step in moving us toward a more effective, efficient and fair legal system.

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…

American Legislative Exchange Council Highlights Georgia Pre-arrest Diversion Program

How do you prevent offenders from being handcuffed or arrested?

The Status of Civil Asset Forfeiture State Laws and Other Criminal Justice Reform Measures

By Ross Coker

With the tumultuous results of the general election, one issue that should not be pushed to the back is the reform of civil asset forfeiture laws to curb abuse and perverse incentives that harm innocent victims and the reputation…

Give Prisoners a Second Chance

By Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English

On October 12, 29 prisoners and 45 Baltimore-area experts in criminal justice congregated in the Jessup Correctional Institution library. Most were members of the University of Baltimore community or other academics. All were eager to…

Lower the Hurdles to Economic Opportunity for Probationers

By Benita M. Dodd


Once, Georgia’s most alarming criminal justice statistic was that one resident in 13 was under correctional supervision – imprisoned, jailed, on parole or on probation. Today, thanks to an ongoing series of criminal justice…

Atlanta Police Force on Track to Get Body Cameras

Amid the nationally ongoing and sometimes emotionally charged discussion of police interactions and transparency, Atlanta is moving toward body cameras for law enforcement officers.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council voted to spend nearly $6 million to purchase…

California Lawmakers Reach Consensus over Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill: A Model for Georgia Reform?

California State Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell and various law enforcement groups in California have reached an agreement regarding the fate of a bill introducing various reform measures to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, according to The Los Angeles Times…

Above All, Do No Digital Harm

Congressional action could have unintended negative consequences.

Atlanta Eyes Specific Reforms to Keep Low-Level Offenders Out of Jail

As reported in Creative Loafing, the city of Atlanta is considering new measures designed to keep people out of jail who might be better served with a targeted response to the reason for their offense.  This proposed measure is among…

‘Guide to the Issues’ Offers Georgia-focused Solutions

By Benita Dodd


The media hype surrounding the political parties’ national conventions spotlights the enormous discord created by personalities and politics as the presidential election approaches. Getting short shrift amid slogans and the scramble for dollars and votes…

Rethinking Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Leniency and flexibility in sentencing could give more Americans a chance.

Don’t Train Kids to be Felons in Adult Jails

The noted “tough on crime” criminologist John Dilulio once commented that “jailing youth with adult felons under Spartan conditions will merely produce more street gladiators.”

The Future Path of The Supreme Court

By Hans von Spakovsky

Hans von Spakovsky

The sudden, unexpected death of Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia is a tragedy not just for his extensive family and many friends, but for the Supreme Court, the nation and all those who believe…

2016 Recommendations from the Criminal Justice Reform Council

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform has released its 2016 Report, which provides a summary of progress to date and a list of recommendations. Below are excerpts from the report’s executive summary.

It is often said that the states are…

Getting Back What’s Yours: Not Easy in Civil Forfeiture Cases

Civil asset forfeiture happens when law enforcement seizes property and money suspected of being related to a crime without any criminal conviction.

Originally, it was a way for police to target drug trafficking and money laundering; today, it’s described as…

Halloween, ‘Sugar’ and The Right To Try

Twenty-one states now have Right-to-Try laws.
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Private Property Rights: How One Think Tank is Changing a Nation

A think tank from Benita Dodd's native country is in the running for the Atlas Network's prestigious Templeton Award.
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‘Opportunity’ Rocks at 6th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

By Benita M. Dodd


The lineup is complete for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Thursday, October 15, with a theme and speakers that live up to its description as “the opening shot” to the Georgia legislative…

The Rule of Law and Its Equitable Application

Wanted: strong individual citizen involvement to hold government accountable.

Benita Dodd Writes on Civil Asset Forfeiture in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Writing in the AJC, Benita Dodd seeks more protection for citizens in civil asset forfeiture.