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Georgia enacts new probation reform law

One in four Georgians under supervised felony probation now qualify for early release from probation under a new reform measure signed into law on Monday.

The measure is expected to save Georgia $34 million a year — money that normally would have been spent supervising people who qualify for early termination. Going forward, more people have a chance to be released from the program after three years. The new law is effective immediately.

Georgia has one of the most harsh probation programs in the country. Some 191,000 people are serving felony probation sentences in Georgia, more than any other state in the nation.

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2 Comments

  1. Regina Kinsey May 4, 2021 10:55 pm

    This has been needed for so very long in Georgia. Finally, we are trying to come out of the darkness. I can hardly believe it is happening and effective immediately.
    God Bless whoever wrote, sponsored, introduced and got this through the legislature. You have truly begun a change that I believe will see resulting change for not just probationers, but for families , communities and for this state.
    You are to be commended for this! Unbelievable things will happen for the greater good….and we need them nowReport

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  2. rosie sneed May 5, 2021 9:55 am

    I am so glad to here about this law. It’s about time. So much money is spent for people on probation. They can’t start a productive live. They want yo work full time but have to take off a day to report. My grandson is in WarnerRobert prison doing nothing. Been there 5 yrs. He needs to come up out of there. He has a baby 5yrs old to take care of.Report

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