Monday, May 20 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:15:09 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
A recent study found that more than one third of those prisoners will be back behind bars within three years of being released. But it seems there has been a slight improvement in prison recidivism.
This revolving door in Georgia prisons is a very expensive problem. The Department of Corrections latest budget is about one billion dollars. And even as startling as Georgia's prison's numbers of repeat offenders is, it's still better than the national average.
There are some marginal improvements at Georgia prisons, as the recidivism rate has fallen. A study the Pew Center on the States shows that 35% of convicts released from Georgia prisons in 2004 were back in prison by 2007.
In 1999 the rate of return behind bars was 38%. Experts say drugs and the lack of jobs are big reasons the rate is still so high.
"I'm not surprised the rate is extremely high, and I think it's going to get worse due to the fact of the situation with the economy," said Dougherty County Mental Health drug counselor Jon Howard.
Dougherty County Jail officials say they have programs to get inmates off drugs and finishing some education goals to try to stop the revolving door.
"So we feel like if we can help them get the GED while they are here, that will create opportunities for them so they can have a more productive life, and perhaps not come back," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Jail Director Colonel John Ostrander.
Nationally, the numbers are even worse. The Pew report says in 1999, 45% of convicts released from prisons were back within three years. In 2004 the statistic improved to 43%.
"But I do think we are on a positive trend, the numbers are down over time. And hopefully that trend will continue," Ostrander said.
But Howard said a lack of job opportunities could lead more persons just released from prison to give up, and return to drugs and crime in desperation.
The Georgia Department of Corrections spokesperson says they are still looking over the Pew Center study, and that Commissioner Brian Owens would comment on it next week.
Besides the 52,000 current inmates incarcerated in Georgia prisons now, there are more than 154,000 people on probation. @@@
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