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.