What the Georgia Legislature Got Right in 2012
The single most important accomplishment of the 2012 General Assembly will probably prove to be its far-reaching reform of the Georgia criminal justice system.
“I firmly believe this is a better way to govern our criminal justice system,” Gov. Nathan Deal, an early proponent and architect of the change, said after the bill’s final passage. “It’s win-win: saving lives and saving money. It’s a great change for Georgia.”
The bill recognizes that the state Department of Corrections, which runs our prisons, actually does very little in the way of correcting. Records show that roughly one in three people released from state prison are back in prison within three years, and the reasons aren’t hard to imagine.
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