A new bill being sponsored by six Republicans in the State Senate would provide additional opportunities for judges to choose not to require bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses. The bill would also give police officers the flexibility to issue citations in place of criminal charges. Deal is supporting this bill and claims… [Read More]
You may not realize this, but Georgia, like many others states, runs on prison labor. Firefighting, park maintenance and roadside cleaning are all done by prison labor. In fact, GPB reports that firefighting services in nearly one third of the state’s counties are provided by prisoners, through a state funded initiative. A reasonable first reaction… [Read More]
Let’s say you’re in charge of a state, say a state like Georgia, and you are deciding on budgets. What makes more sense to invest in: prisons or schools? Maybe you’d look at the overwhelming evidence that investing in quality education — from preschool through college — has significant benefits. Better school performance, better economic… [Read More]
For ten days, Randall Davison sought medical care for an infection but was denied access to treatment. Davison’s condition worsened and he ultimately died after having developed liver, renal and respiratory failure. How does someone die a painful and completely preventable death, when there are — or should be — medical personnel just around the corner? Davison… [Read More]
In Georgia, at least 100,000 grandparents are raising grandchildren and up to 300,000 children are being raised by aunts, uncles and other relatives. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) reveals her plan for kinship care to WABE reporter Denis O’Hayer.