The various sentencing reform measures that have been one of the hallmarks of Governor Deal’s first term are having tangible results. As Roz Edward writes for the Atlanta Daily World, the number of black inmates being incarcerated is dropping sharply.
Deal’s sweeping reforms aimed at rehabilitating nonviolent offenders and tackling the inflating costs of incarceration has reduced the black prison intake by 20 percent, according to a report in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“What has declined sharply has been the number of blacks entering prison. But what hasn’t declined much at all, only a few percent, is the number of blacks in prison on a specific date – also called “standing population” or “stock,” explains Dr. Timothy S. Carr a senior researcher with the Georgia Department of Corrections and a participant in the study.
The fact that substantially fewer African Americans are being locked up in Georgia, is a remarkable and historic change in a state that has long packed its prisons with disproportionate numbers of black offenders.”
We often talk about campaigns and governing lacking substance. Here’s a tangible example of a policy that is working.