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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 >>
February 14, 2007
Albany - - You could be dishing out more money to the government to pay to care for state prisoners. A study released Wednesday shows Georgia's prison population is expected to grow by more than 5,700 inmates over the next five years. That will place an increased financial burden on the state and taxpayers.
Do the crime, you do the time. "People need to be held responsible for any crime and that's the bottom line on all of that," says Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards.
A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a public interest group, predicts by the year 2011, the United States will have more than 1.7 million prisoners and suggests if states don't change their incarceration policies, taxpayers will foot a much heftier bill of over $27 billion.
"We fully support any opportunities to use things other than incarceration," says Edwards when it comes to non-violent criminals.
His office prefers alternatives like electronic monitoring, house arrest, and halfway houses. In the past, the DA's office even teamed up with Albany Technical College to offer an education to would-be prisoners.
"We try encourage in lieu of incarceration, getting the individual enrolled in a program that will lead toward some meaningful career and accomplishment and try to keep them out of the prison system."
It may not be enough if the public interest group's report is accurate. It predicts that at this rate, Georgia will have 5,700 additional prisoners over the next five years.
"Let's not predict numbers and work toward reducing numbers."
Edwards says more effort should be put into education and job training as a means of early intervention to help reverse the trend. In the meantime, he says his office does not support reducing prison sentences for violent offenders.
"Some people who commit violent crimes and who are multiple recidivists, they need to be in prison."
It may be the price you'll have to pay for your own safety.
Currently it costs about $17,000 a year to house one inmate. If the 11% projected increase in state prisoners is accurate, that would mean a cost increase of more than $98 million.