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Don’t Be Tough or Soft, Be Smart

'The criminal justice debate is often divided into two camps: “Tough on Crime” and “Soft on Crime.” What we need is “Smart on Crime” — policies that distinguish between nonviolent, low-risk offenders and violent, career criminals.

Last November, the bipartisan Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians released its recommendations . If enacted, these proposals will begin to transition the Peach State away from expensive prison-centric policies for nonviolent, low-risk offenders — a shift that conservatives in Georgia and across the country are ready to get behind.

With nearly 56,000 inmates, Georgia’s prison population has doubled in just two decades, and so have the costs. In fiscal 1990, the corrections system cost $492 million. Today, it drains $1 billion annually from the state budget.

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Public Safety Performance Project
Georgia, Texas

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