Criminal Legal System Reform


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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Department of Corrections 2021 cover Budget and Taxes

Overview: 2023 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Corrections

    For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a $1.27 billion budget for the Georgia ...
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Unjust Revenue from an Imbalanced Criminal Legal System: How Georgia’s Fines and Fees Worsen Racial Inequity

Key Takeaways: Georgia’s poor governance of fines and fees revenue practices has allowed many economically underperforming localities to ...
Criminal Legal Systems Primer 2022 cover Budget Primer

Georgia Criminal Legal Systems Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2022

Georgia’s 2022 Department of Corrections Budget The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) budget for FY 2022 is $1.12 ...

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