“The Pelican Institute points out that Louisiana is out of step, even with conservative states like Texas and Georgia, which have moved away from prison terms for nonviolent offenders to emphasize rehabilitation.
From Peach Pundit: During the budget crisis that has dated back a couple years, many fiscal conservatives have been urging legislators to take a look at criminal justice reform Using the Right on Crime model, it looks as though Georgia will finally step away from it’s “tough on crime” approach to addiction.
This article from the Peach Pundit credits ROC policies with “saving taxpayers $20 million per year.”
The following videos were recorded at GPPF’s final meeting of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. Click to view.
Click here to view previous Criminal Justice Reform Council videos from GPPF.
In his article “Broken Families, Parents Without Skills, Kids in Juvenile Justice,” Mike Klein discusses juvenile justice reform in Georgia.
Georgia would “Ban the Box” and take a deeper dive into return-to-prison recidivism rates under two preliminary recommendations approved this week by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. The Council’s final report is due to Governor Nathan Deal, the judiciary and legislators before they open their session on Monday, January 13, 2014.
In this article, GPPF discusses the significance of offender rehabilitation, quoting convicted murderer Aakeem Woodard.
“It is impossible to let a person go five-to-six years in prison and expect that person to rehabilitate himself and begin that process six months before you come home.”
GPPF also authored the article “Tearing Down Invisible Prison Walls Created by Poverty,” in which they address the issue of offender re-entry into society.
Vikrant Reddy details 3 myths about conservatives and criminal justice – and proves why they aren’t true.
On September 24, The James Madison Institute hosted a forum in partnership with The Florida State University’s Project on Accountable Justice and St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to discuss what Florida can learn from Georgia’s successful juvenile justice reforms. The public forum was titled “A Tale of Two Cities: What Can Florida Learn From Georgia’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms?” and featured The Honorable Michael P. Boggs, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Co-Chair, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, The Honorable Jay Neal, Member, Georgia House of Representatives, W. Thomas Worthy, Deputy Executive Counsel, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Co-Chair, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.
Following Marc Levin’s testimony before the U.S. Judiciary Committee, this Fox News story features Right on Crime, noting that “The project has since been part of recent, successful efforts in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina to reform their systems through such changes as reducing penalties for low-level drug possessions; expanding the use of time- and cost-efficient drug courts; using money once earmarked for prisons to improve law-enforcement strategies and expanding community-based programs for offenders, including treatment.”