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The Georgia Recorder: Budget cuts to criminal justice reform initiatives ‘penny-wise, pound foolish’

Monday, October 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
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As prisons grew crowded and incarceration costs soared earlier this decade, state lawmakers and advocates joined forces with former Gov. Nathan Deal to push through a set of changes to the state’s criminal justice system.

Deal’s Council on Criminal Justice Reform delivered a new approach to law and order through programs such as accountability courts that treat offenders with mental illness or substance abuse problems in an effort to keep them out of prison. The reforms enjoyed bipartisan support for the way they kept Georgians productive and saved the state money from housing an ever-growing prison population.

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