By Benita M. Dodd
Appeals Court Judge Michael P. Boggs, co-chair of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform since 2012, makes a passionate case for the strides that have taken Georgia to the forefront in criminal justice reform.
The Waycross jurist recalls presiding over a drug court in six rural counties in South Georgia.
“I asked defendants three questions,” Boggs told the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual Legislative Luncheon recently.
“When did you first drop out of school? Ninth grade.
“What drug did you first start using? Marijuana.
“When did you first start using it? Age 13.
Boggs asked the luncheon attendees to guess: “How many of the first 6,000 criminal defendants I dealt with in felony criminal court…