Georgia leads the nation in the ratio of people who are on probation or parole. Governor Nathan Deal's criminal justice reform effort aims at lowering those being supervised. His latest wrinkle is a new state agency that merges oversight of parolees and probationers.
Better supervision of violent offenders leaving prison is among new recommendations by the Special Council On Criminal Justice Reform. The Council recommends inmates who serve the maximum sentence and don’t face probation spend the last three to six months of their term in a halfway house.