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US GA: Panel Recommends Refors To Stem Prison Spending

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n665/a06.html

Newshawk: Jim

Webpage: http://mapinc.org/url/gFsYHaiJ

Pubdate: Sat, 19 Nov 2011

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

Copyright: 2011 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contact: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/letters/sendletter.html

Website: http://www.ajc.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/28

Author: Bill Rankin

 

<P class=clipping>PANEL RECOMMENDS REFORMS TO STEM PRISON SPENDING

 

Shortening sentences for some nonviolent offenses and creating a statewide network of accountability courts could help prevent Georgia taxpayers from spending more than $250 million to accommodate an expanding prison population, a state panel said Friday.

 

The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform said changes are needed to control the unimpeded growth in state prison spending, which has doubled over the past two decades to $1.05 billion a year. The panel noted the growth is being fueled by drug and property offenders who account for about 60 percent of all prison admissions.

 

The council noted more than 3,200 offenders enter prison on a drug possession conviction each year and two-thirds of these inmates have been found to be low risks to offend again.

 

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MAP posted-by: Keith Brilhart

 

 

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