05/30/2010 - Many states are considering alternatives to incarceration. Some find they can save money and improve public safety by sentencing nonviolent offenders to programs that will change their behavior. The AJC studied options that could help Georgia reduce its need for prison beds.
Research shows guidelines “are quite effective at improving fairness and controlling prison growth,” said Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Center on the States. “They help make sentences more consistent and steer appropriate low-risk offenders into mandatory supervision and other non-prison alternatives.”
Read the full article, How Can Georgia Turn Lawbreakers Into Taxpayers? on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Web site.