1 in 13 georgia adults behind bars, o...

1 in 13 georgia adults behind bars, on probation/parole

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crispusattucks

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#1 Mar 11, 2009
See the March 2009 Pew Research Center report, entitled, "One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections." - http://tinyurl.com/bt72rm

The Pew Research Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the United States and the world. http://pewresearch.org

As of 2007, Georgia had 562,763 persons jailed, imprisoned, paroled and probationed. Breaking these numbers down per the Pew report: PROBATION - 435,361; PAROLE - 23,111; JAIL - 45,732; PRISON - 49,337; FEDERAL PRISONERS & COMMUNITY-SUPERVISED OFFENDERS - 9222.(I think the Federal prisoners should have been omitted if they were not citizens of Georgia, also it doesen't make sense why the Pew Center combined these last 2 categories.)

The only other comparable state was Idaho, with 1 in 18 of it's total state population under corrections system supervision. None of the other 48 states had rates in the teens, not even the deep south states of Alabama (1/32), Florida (1/31), Louisiana (1/26), and Mississippi (1/38).

Georgia also ranks 4th (behind DC, Louisiana & Mississippi) in adult incarceration rates, i.e., in jail or prison, at 1 in 70, or 1.42% of adults in Georgia. What is alarming about this statistic is the phenomenal increase: in 1982 Georgia's incarceration rate was 1 in 169, or 0.59% of the adult population. Thus, in 25 years from 1982 to 2007, the adult incarceration rate has increased by 141%.

Georgia leads the nation for the rate of adults on probation/parole at 1 in 15, or 6.5% of the adult population. This rate has increased by 212% in the 25 years from 1982 to 2007 - in 1982 Georgia's adult probation/parole rate was only 1 in 48, or 2.09% of adults in Georgia.

In terms of monetary costs, in fiscal year 2008 Georgia's taxpayers spent $1.1 Million dollars, which is not the most in the nation, although it puts Georgia in an 'elite' group of 14 other states which spent over $1 Million on corrections. This was 5.9% of Georgia's State Budget expenses.

In terms of human costs? I'd say in this raw data, there are a whole lotta young black men behind bars or on probation/parole on trumped up convictions similar to Genarlow Wilson's case - http://tinyurl.com/genarlow

Black church and community leaders should work to educate Metro Atlanta's young blacks on civil liberties & civil rights. This is especially important when when interacting with the local police departments, since (another sad Georgia statistic) 1 in 3 Atlanta Metro area cops have
prior criminal records. In my observations, a cop with a criminal past doesn't really care if they lock up an innocent person, as long as they get their arrest quotas.

As for Georgia's current black leaders, what a bunch of losers, sellouts who won't stand up for blacks and risk their cushy high paying jobs. I'm talking about black 'leaders' especially in the Police & Judiciary systems: Blacks need to realize that sellouts like Atty. General Thurbert Baker, Dept. of Corrections Commissioner James Donald, Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, Supreme Court Justice Harold Melton. And think
of all the money which could have gone to educate young black people about civics and civil liberties, but instead was squandered on frivolous lawsuits filed by Clayton County ex-sheriff Victor Hill and DeKalb Co. ex-police chief Terrell Bolton. Terrell Bolton has spent more time and effort suing the Dallas, Texas and DeKalb County governments for firing him than doing his job as a police chief. And then the list agonizingly goes on, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter acting like Judge Judy, bending the law to spring her husband from jail, Cynthia McKinney throwing her cell phone at a DC Capitol cop, Vernon Jones' menage a trois scandal and campaign ethics fines...

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