Remember Gov. Deal mentioned poultry operators as an illustration
of his bogus point that government intervention is always bad?
Well, I guess he forgot that when he answered this question:
THE TIMES: Your proposal to have probationers replace illegal immigrants
for farm labor. Did that idea work? If it didn’t or it did, what’s
going to happen next year during the picking season?
DEAL: “Well, it worked with some success. I think there was a great
deal of skepticism about it on whether these people will work and there
is a threat associated with their presence. We have to remember that
probationers are not under arrest. They are free in our society.
Except for little things like not being able to vote if they are felons,
and having to pay their probation officers.
But back to the Gov.:
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Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a half-measure to reduce the Georgia prison population
that nonetheless is a useful measure (the good).
He reiterated a bogus talking point (the ugly).
Then he proceeded to contradict it in advocating something that would
work against reducing the prison population (the bad).
“I think one of the better things we can do is have accountability
in courts whether they be drug courts, DUI courts, mental-health courts,
towards sentence reform.
the like. We know that they work. We know the recidivism rate, if they go
through those approaches rather than directly into the prison system. We
have less recidivism. We break the addictions, and we’ve got to work
very closely on that.”