May 8, 2013 12:00 AM

Reforms needed but will haunt local taxpayers

Almost a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law H.B. 1176, titled the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Act. It was hailed by a variety of allies from the NAACP to the ACLU and the Pew Center on the States. Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States told Creative Loafing, “Georgia’s leaders have developed a landmark set of reforms that will make communities safer and curb runaway corrections spending.” The Center for Justice and the ACLU said Georgia took the “smart approach to criminal justice.”

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