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February 16, 2011

Georgia's Chief Justice talks up the need for state sentencing reform

As detailed in this local article, "Chief Justice Carol Hunstein says it's time for Georgia to reform its tough criminal sentences." Here's more:

In her annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday, Hunstein said many inmates clogging Georgia's prisons "are a greater threat to themselves than to society."

Hunstein said rather than locking up drug addicts and the mentally ill, "we must reserve our prison beds for our most serious criminals." Alternative sentences should be offered to improve public safety and save taxpayer dollars.

And part of the plan afoot appears to involve the creation of something akin to a sentencing reform commission: "Later Wednesday, Hunstein is set to appear with Gov. Nathan Deal to announce plans for a panel that would make recommendations on sentencing changes next year."

February 16, 2011 at 04:32 PM | Permalink

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