In May 2012, Georgia passed a new prison reform law that included minor reform to the state’s drug mandatory minimums. Specifically, the law reduced the mandatory term required for possession of very small amounts of drugs. In February 2013, the state enacted legislation to implement a safety valve in drug-related cases.
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April 2, 2015
(Reason) — We all know that juries don’t really decide criminal cases on all the facts. They decide cases on all the facts the state allows them to consider. Sometimes the potential sentences of certain convictions are among the facts the government (prosecutors especially) want to conceal. A Fulton County Superior Court judge in Georgia… Read more »
August 5, 2014
(Atlanta Daily World) The number of Georgia’s black prison inmates has significantly lowered since Gov. Nathan Deal instituted sweeping criminal justice reforms, a study finds. Deal’s sweeping reforms aimed at rehabilitating nonviolent offenders and tackling the inflating costs of incarceration has reduced the black prison inmate by 20 percent, according to a report in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution…. Read more »
March 18, 2014
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — The Great Recession forced many elected officials to rethink their approach to governing in some areas. In Georgia, it has resulted in a philosophical change that has saved the state millions of dollars, Gov. Nathan Deal recently told one group. Deal said the changes in criminal sentencing adopted in 2012 have helped… Read more »
September 27, 2013
(Washington Times op-ed by Cara Sullivan, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Sept. 18 to examine the efficacy of mandatory-minimum sentences and to discuss “safety-valve” policies that would increase judicial discretion, maximize the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and increase safety among the nation’s communities. Policymakers are correct to be concerned… Read more »