Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Panel Named
(AJC) — Thirteen lawyers, lawmakers and judges — including the state’s chief justice — will study Georgia’s criminal justice system and report their findings by Nov. 1. The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform was established by House Bill 265. It will explore ways to change sentencing patterns and reform a justice system that spends $1 billion a year to lock up lawbreakers. “It is our hope to uncover new approaches to make Georgia communities safer while increasing offender accountability, improving rehabilitation efforts and lowering costs,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.