When the sunset on Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration, many believed that Georgia’s criminal justice reform era had ended, but it appears that the Peach State may be getting its second wind.
[…] Consider this: According to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, “Nearly 600,000 Georgians are living with a felony conviction — one in nine adults in the state — and half of Georgia’s adults have a record of some kind.”
[…] Keeping rehabilitated Georgians out of the workforce takes a broader toll on Georgia’s economy too. In fact, “[t]these lost wages amount to an estimated $2.6 billion in wasted spending power across the state,” according to a Georgia Budget and Policy Institute report.