by Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
January 21, 2014
In March 2009 the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project reported one-in-31 Americans is under criminal justice system supervision, but in Georgia the ratio was one-in-13, the highest rate in the nation. In addition, one-in-every-70 Georgia adults are under incarceration, the fourth highest percentage in the country. As with any government program, the criminal justice system must be transparent and include performance measures that hold it accountable for its results in protecting the public, lowering crime rates, reducing re-offending, collecting victim restitution and conserving taxpayers’ money. An ideal criminal justice system works to reform amenable offenders who will return to society through harnessing the power of families, charities, faith-based groups, and communities. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation proposes three phases to reform Georgia’s criminal justice system—Adult Criminal Justice Reform, Juvenile Criminal Justice Reform, and Re-entry.