Ga. lawmakers will not resort to early inmate releases

As budgets are cut, Ga. says prisons will escape the axe


By Carrie Teegardin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — As Georgia lawmakers desperately search for ways to slash spending, they are not debating an option taken by other states: cutting the prison population.

Georgia operates the fifth-largest prison system in the nation, at a cost of $1 billion a year. The job of overseeing about 55,000 inmates and 150,000 felons on probation consumes 1 of every 17 state dollars.

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