Governor Nathan Deal is pushing alternative sentencing programs as a way of reducing the prison population.
It's all about the cash-strapped state budget.
Deal wants more drug courts as a way to keep non-violent offenders out of jail, reducing the need to lock them up.
Coastal Glynn County started up a drug court about twelve years ago.
Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams says, there are start-up costs and finding money to keep offenders in what she calls "excellent" rehab programs is a constant struggle.
"You need to see that there is an incentive for judges to take on the responsibility of doing this from a standpoint of seeing that if you start a program you know that the state's going to help you get the money to fund it," Williams says. "I have a problem with having a program that can't provide services to those people who need them because the option then is ultimately ending up in a prison space. So far, we've been able to manage it."
Williams says, rehab costs her court about $350 dollars a month per person, still much cheaper than prison.
She points to national studies that conclude such programs pay for themselves seven-to-one.
Governor Deal called for more alternative programs for non-violent drug offenders in his State of the State address.