Drug courts are a key part of new sentencing legislation that goes into effect next month. The six drug court graduates have a combined 3,603 sober days between them. The new law emphasizes putting these kinds of low level offenders through treatment programs instead of jail—saving costly prison beds for the state’s most violent criminals.
Sentencing reform legislation is awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s signature. The bill promises to save Georgia taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, reduce the state’s prison population and improve overall public safety.