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Highlighting Foundation’s Role in Criminal Justice Reform



Article highlights Foundation’s leadership on criminal justice reform in Georgia.

The Federalist has published an article that highlights the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s role in bipartisan criminal justice reform in the state.

It notes, “Georgia has distinguished itself as a front-runner on this issue. Although the overhaul of its justice system is far from complete, the Peach State has joined its Lone Star cousin as a success story that’s raising eyebrows across the nation. There’s something here for everybody to like. By reforming its corrections system, Georgia has already saved more than $20 million, with much bigger savings likely on the horizon. Its general inmate population is down, and juvenile detention rates have fallen even more. Through it all, crime rates have remained low.”

The article continues:

“I have to credit the Texas Public Policy Foundation with this, because they approached us,” said Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. With the help of TPPF, his foundation staged a panel to present the issue, featuring TPPF’s Marc Levin and Texas state Rep. Jerry Madden. “Looking back on that,” says McCutchen, “I think this whole issue is fascinating as an incredibly successful effort by nonprofits to impact policy. You had the perfect combination of politics and policy.”

The writer, Rachel Lu, concludes: “While Congress bickers and stalls, conservatives in multiple states have been engaged in the honest, old-fashioned work of crafting good policy, educating the public, and implementing prudent reforms. Budgets are balanced, lives are transformed, and struggling communities find more grounds for hope. This is the picture of conservatism we should want Americans to see.”

Read the full article here: http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/26/justice-reform-georgias-bipartisan-cinderella-story/

The Federalist has published an article that highlights the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s role in bipartisan criminal justice reform in the state.

It notes, “Georgia has distinguished itself as a front-runner on this issue. Although the overhaul of its justice system is far from complete, the Peach State has joined its Lone Star cousin as a success story that’s raising eyebrows across the nation. There’s something here for everybody to like. By reforming its corrections system, Georgia has already saved more than $20 million, with much bigger savings likely on the horizon. Its general inmate population is down, and juvenile detention rates have fallen even more. Through it all, crime rates have remained low.”

The article continues:

“I have to credit the Texas Public Policy Foundation with this, because they approached us,” said Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. With the help of TPPF, his foundation staged a panel to present the issue, featuring TPPF’s Marc Levin and Texas state Rep. Jerry Madden. “Looking back on that,” says McCutchen, “I think this whole issue is fascinating as an incredibly successful effort by nonprofits to impact policy. You had the perfect combination of politics and policy.”

The writer, Rachel Lu, concludes: “While Congress bickers and stalls, conservatives in multiple states have been engaged in the honest, old-fashioned work of crafting good policy, educating the public, and implementing prudent reforms. Budgets are balanced, lives are transformed, and struggling communities find more grounds for hope. This is the picture of conservatism we should want Americans to see.”

Read the full article here: http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/26/justice-reform-georgias-bipartisan-cinderella-story/