Panel Begins Work on Slowing Prison Growth
Gov. Nathan Deal's criminal justice reform council on Monday began its work to find money-saving ways to sentence and manage the state's criminal population.
The panel has until the end of the year to submit recommendations to the 2013 General Assembly. This past session, the Legislature enacted a sentencing reform package projected to save taxpayers $264 million in prison spending over the next five years.
"You made Georgia one of the leaders on this nationwide," Jason Newman, of the Pew Center on the States, which will continue to assist the council, told members. "You should be commended."
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