Gov. Deal is pushing more alternative programs for non-violent drug offenders. It's a way to deal with the state's staggering prison budget. Several judges around the state already run alternative sentencing programs. One lesson they say Deal can learn from their experience is to find the money to pay for the best treatment available.
Execution of Emmanuel Hammond will go forward. Defense attorney's say Georgia Department of Corrections bought lethal injection drugs from "back room" supplier. Corrections officials say drug works fine.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating 2 prisons in Tattnall and Macon Counties for possible abuse by guards. GBI Spokesman John Bankhead says the head of the Department of Corrections made the request to the GBI Chief.
The Georgia Department of Corrections says it is returning prisons that have been on lockdown status to normal operating conditions. Inside the living units, inmates can move around freely and have access to telephones, showers and televisions.