Carol Hunstein

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  The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court urged Georgia lawmakers to move ahead with a major overhaul of the system for treating and punishing young offenders.

In her annual State of the Judiciary address at the State Capitol on Thursday, February 7th, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein said Georgia’s current get-tough approach to young offenders is expensive and ineffective.  And she said most kids in trouble have not committed violent crimes.

Governor Deal Signs into Law Criminal Justice Overhaul

May 2, 2012

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law an overhaul of the state criminal justice system. The legislation sets out to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in Georgia prisons by placing a greater focus on drug addiction treatment and mental health services.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein was one of the leading advocates for reform.

“Hopefully in addressing the root problem, we’ll keep them from committing other crimes and reunite them with their families and friends and make them taxpayers, not tax burdens.”