Georgia has a Prison Problem, but State Efforts to Fix it in Limbo

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Beau Evans
Mar 24, 2022
Key Points
  • Georgia’s prison system is under a federal investigation into unsafe and unsanitary conditions for inmates.
  • Taxpayer costs for Georgia prisons are among the highest in the U.S. at $1.2 billion annually.
  • State lawmakers are on track to make little headway this year in addressing Georgia’s reportedly poor prison conditions.
The Gist Georgia lawmakers likely won’t act this year to keep better watch over the state’s $1.2-billion prison system, one of the biggest expenditures in the state budget, amid a federal investigation into unsafe and unsanitary prison conditions. What’s Happening The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has an ongoing investigation into “conditions of confinement of ...

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