Posted: 2:13 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
High cost, low return
Georgia’s Special Council of Criminal Justice Reform is comprised of 40 members — state lawmakers, judges, attorneys and others — who bring diverse perspectives to evaluating Georgia’s criminal sentencing policies. The group’s recommendations were the basis for sweeping change signed into law this year that will save taxpayer dollars by reserving adult prison beds for the state’s most violent offenders and offering alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders. Here are some of the group’s recommendations for reducing the number of juveniles who are incarcerated, which could save Georgia $88 million over five years.
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