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Georgia justice, prison reforms slowly showing results

Friday 28th of September 2018 | North America, United States
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Seven years ago, a special council created by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal studied the rapidly growing number of people in state prisons and called for a halt.

Georgia was among the national leaders in convicting people of felonies during a time in which incarceration had risen dramatically in most states.

Noting that most were being jailed for property or drug crimes and posed little threat to public safety, the blue ribbon Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform recommended dozens of changes to slow and reverse that growth, which had fallen most heavily on the poor and African Americans.

The recommendations had three broad goals: to halt the growth of the state’s prison population, to improve public safety by investing in strategies to reduce crime and recidivism, and “hold offenders accountable by strengthening community-based supervision, sanctions and services.”

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