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25-year low for black Georgia inmates

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 12:36 PM
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ATLANTA — Data from the Georgia Department of Corrections says the number of black inmates in 2013 reached its lowest level since 1988.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports state corrections data shows the number of black men sent to prison in the past five years declined by 19 percent and the number of black women sent to prison in the same time period dropped by 33 percent.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Russell Andrews says the drop may be linked to a large decline in crack cocaine use and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says improving economic conditions may also be a factor.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan says the change in incarceration statistics is linked to acceptance of drug courts and rehabilitation initiatives for drug addicts instead of harsh sentences.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/03/14 - 03:04 pm
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Great! If it works long term...

"GBI Director Vernon Keenan says the change in incarceration statistics is linked to acceptance of drug courts and rehabilitation initiatives for drug addicts instead of harsh sentences."

But if crime rates head back up because these people are out funding their drug habit, then back to jail you go.

Much better to have them working and paying taxes than sitting in the pokey sucking up tax dollars.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/03/14 - 04:46 pm
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"But if crime rates head

"But if crime rates head back"

They did not say the crime rates were down.....just the incarceration rates.

I'd say this probably explains more burglaries, break-ins, and armed robberies. It's easy to put a policy in place that says we are not going to incarcerate criminals and THEN announce that incarceration rates are down.

Pretty soon they will be claiming that shoplifting rates are down since they changed the law to not prosecute shoplifting.

southern2
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southern2 08/03/14 - 05:12 pm
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Just Eric Holder doing his

Just Eric Holder doing his part to get the vote out.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/03/14 - 05:16 pm
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If the drop is because black

If the drop is because black youth have finally realized they need to straighten up their act and be responsible, productive citizens, this is great.

Eric Holder has made it known he will not prosecute black criminals so if certain law enforcement agencies are not prosecuting as many black criminals because the DOJ set this precedence, the crime rate will not only increase, it will become out of control.

Time will tell if this is actually what the AJC is claiming.

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nocnoc 08/04/14 - 07:08 am
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Well change the drug laws

Well change the drug laws that lock them up.
Given all criminals a few chances,
and look who has been in office and at the DOJ for the last 5 years and you have your answers.

While prison time is DOWN aren't arrests and drug court convictions higher since 2008?

But with less prison time handed out and increased probation usage, America as a WHOLE, not just the Black Community, is seeing that treating ADDICTS is better than locking them up.

Because if they go into prison an ADDICT they still come out an
ADDICT.

It cheaper in the Short and Long run to treat.

ALSO
The way this story is written, it kind of pushes the readers into thinking DRUGS are the biggest problem in the Black Community, which I would have to disagree with.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/14 - 08:06 am
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noc noc, you can't treat an

noc noc, you can't treat an addict that doesn't want help.

Nobody stops using drugs until they want to, for their own reasons.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/14 - 08:07 am
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noc noc, I think that drugs

noc noc, I think that drugs affect the black community more than people think. It is the root and the cause of many social problems in that community.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/04/14 - 08:21 am
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Overcrowding

Does this mean that Georgia jails are no longer overcrowded?

You would think that Georgia liberals would be praising Gov. Nathan Deal for achieving this great milestone.

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jdsgirl63 08/04/14 - 08:26 am
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The statistic just addresses

The statistic just addresses incarceration, not crime. When they tell us that crime is down 19%, that will be an achievement. Right now, this means nothing, except that people know they can do illegal drugs and get an alternative sentence to jail time. Doesn't fix a thing.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/04/14 - 10:06 am
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Crime rates?

They have been trending downwards for ten years. There was a tick up in violent crime in 2011, but still down overall from ten years ago.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/september/latest-crime-stats-releas...

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