Kemp has cast the budget reductions as part of a broader effort to streamline government, and his aides have noted that last year he tried to add $4.3 million to accountability courts but was blocked by state lawmakers.
Jones said cutting the agency’s budget would reduce the services the accountability courts provide.
“There would be less treatment offered ... less surveillance visits performed by local law enforcement, less drug testing that would occur,” she said. “But overall we would anticipate an increase downstream in the correctional and juvenile systems.”
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Timothy Ward said the agency had not accounted for an increase in inmates. But the increase would be minimal since the department currently oversees more than 53,000 inmates.
Over the past eight years, with increased funding and incentives, the number of accountability courts statewide has increased from 72 to 163.
About 17,000 people completed programs through the state’s accountability courts in 2017.