Criminal Legal System Reform

Overview

Though Georgia has made strides in reforming its criminal legal system in recent years, barriers persist to employment and economic opportunities for those impacted by Georgia’s court and carceral systems. Historic and current punitive policies threaten to perpetuate the disproportionate incarceration of Black Georgians and exacerbate the economic hardships that often beget incarceration—inequitable access to stable housing, quality healthcare, education pathways and quality jobs. Further, local and state government reliance on fines and fees revenue criminalizes poverty. Rather than incentivize the use of state investments for carceral purposes, our state must expand economic opportunities for Georgians, work to ensure a fair justice system, reduce criminal legal system fines and fees and provide supports to individuals and families impacted by the criminal legal system.

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Front entry view of Snellville Police Station, from across Wisteria Road; showing the american flag and police department sign Budget and Taxes

Overview: 2024 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Corrections

    For Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a $1.32 billion budget for the Georgia ...
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Regressive Revenue Perpetuates Poverty: Why Georgia’s Fines and Fees Need Immediate Reform

Introduction Georgia is the number one jurisdiction in the world for percentage of population under correctional control.[1] This ...
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Georgia Criminal Legal Systems Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2023

Georgia’s 2023 Department of Corrections Budget Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) budget for FY 2023 is $1.28 billion. ...

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