State Court Judge John Edwards came before the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
to ask them to begin the process of asking for an additional State
Court Judge for Lowndes County. An additional State Court Judge
would have to be authorized by the Georgia Legislature, then filled
initially by an appointee by the Georgia Governor.
At this morning’s Work Session,
the Judge noted that with the
recent reforms enacted by the Georgia Legislature,
many crimes previously classified as felonies are now
classified as misdemeanors. This has reduced the burden on the
Superior Courts and on the prison populations (a good thing)
however, it has raised the load on the State Court without an
increase in resources.
As reported on Monday, the computer hacking collective known as
Anonymous Analytics published a blog warning investors that a
declining prison population and reforms designed to reduce
incarceration rates in the U.S. point to shrinking revenue for
Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) going forward.
CCA flatly denied the Anonymous Analytics conclusions in a
It’s about time!
The War on Drugs has failed, admits the U.S. Department of Justice,
by saying it will “avoid charging certain low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimums”.
The Justice Department will avoid charging certain low-level and
nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimums,
Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Monday. The policy shift
will allow certain defendants — those without ties to
large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels — to avoid what
Holder called “draconian mandatory minimum sentences.”
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A key legislative committee on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to Georgia's criminal justice system in a sentencing reform package intended to control prison spending and ensure costly prison beds are reserved for the state's most dangerous criminals.
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.”
CCA’s 2010 annual report states categorically that, “The demand for our
facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation
of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards
and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain
activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws — for
instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances
or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested,
convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for
correctional facilities to house them.”
CCA continues, “Legislation has been proposed in numerous jurisdictions
that could lower minimum sentences for some non-violent crimes and
make more inmates eligible for early release based on good behaviour,
(while) sentencing alternatives under consideration could put some
offenders on probation who would otherwise be incarcerated. Similarly,
reductions in crime rates or resources dedicated to prevent and enforce
crime could lead to reductions in arrests, convictions and sentences
requiring incarceration at correctional facilities.”
Many worry about the financial costs of the bill. Though these are
surely not the greatest concerns for immigrant communities who would
be most impacted if Georgia’s bill is enacted, many business groups
are anxious. A national boycott of Arizona cost the state an estimated
$250 million in lost taxes, tourism and other revenue, according to the
Center for American Progress.
Even before the Georgia bill passed, a group of organizations across
the country threatened to wage a boycott of the state of Georgia if it
enacts the legislation.
Most states that have had this bill introduced have had the good sense
to get rid of it.
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For the past 90 years this debate has been dominated by the professional purveyors of moral panic in our society – a toxic combination of politicians, pressmen, prelates and policemen, aided and abetted by ill-informed parents, who have sought to pre-empt any serious discussion of “psychoactive” substances.