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Our Views: Vying for Votes

This being an election year, we all knew the 2012 session of the General Assembly would produce its fair share of "hey, look at me" bills designed more to impress voters than to solve their problems.


Yet not everything lawmakers produced was self-serving. One bill worth applauding will reform the state’s criminal justice system by seeking to defer more nonviolent offenders into rehabilitation and accountability courts. Diversion programs for drug violators and others have worked well in Hall County. Our courts were a model Gov. Nathan Deal used in promoting the idea.

The change should save the state money by easing overcrowded prisons and help drug violators get the treatment they need to live productive lives. Locking them up turns many into hardened criminals who commit more crimes when they get out. This was wise, forward-thinking reform.

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Jennifer Laudano | 202.540.6321
Public Safety Performance Project

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