COVID-19 is Turning ‘Stints’ to Death Sentences

Georgia re-opens, but COVID Continues to Claim Lives Behind Bars

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On March 26th, a 49-year old man housed in Lee State Prison in Leesburg, Georgia died from COVID-19-related complications. Positive cases and subsequent hospitalizations quickly spread throughout the prison, as access to treatment, and sanitation supplies dwindled in the facility.

Facing mounting criticism from the general public and the criminal justice community, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles (PAP) announced that they had begun reviewing specific cases for clemency release to help decrease the inmate population. Their scope would be limited. PAP’s focus was to be directed at those “currently serving for a non-violent offense(s) who are within 180…


Authored by Lauren-Brooke Eisen. Original Date of Publication: May 1, 2014

The private probation industry is deeply entrenched in Georgia, where these companies profit $40MM from misdemeanor sentences alone.

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Searching for cheaper and more efficient ways to conduct government business, legislators increasingly see contracting out government services as an attractive option. In a vacuum, this can seem like a great idea. But it can lead to some serious questions — particularly when it comes to our criminal justice system.

On Tuesday, precariously close to the state’s bill signing deadline, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a poorly-conceived bill, HB 837, which would have strengthened private probation companies’ position in his state. In Georgia, 80 percent of those who receive probation as punishment for misdemeanor offenses — including offenses as minor…


Aqua Entrepreneurs

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Aquarius’ Underrated Work Ethic

Aquarians are often praised for their intellectual prowess, and humanitarian values, but not often for their determination and drive. Usually, determination and work ethic are traits that are strictly used to describe earth signs, such as Capricorn. On occasion, it is even suggested that Aquarians lack focus and drive in accomplishing their goals.

This is hardly the case.

Most astrologists minimize Aquarius’ work ethic because of their vast curiosities and fierce independence can sometimes make them underperform, or even insubordinate employees. Because few Aquarians embrace the infamous corporate ladder, it is implied that they lack work ethic altogether. …


By CSG Justice Center Staff

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The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center applauds Senators Portman (R-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Lankford (R-OK), and Booker (D-NJ) for introducing a new bill that would fix a U.S. Small Business Administration rule that restricts or disqualifies some people with criminal records from accessing emergency funding designed to assist small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, the Paycheck Protection Program — which provides loans meant to help small business owners pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis — denies applicants if they are facing criminal charges or have had a felony conviction in the past…


Payne’s attorneys continue to insist on their client’s moral virtue as an “All American Girl.”

Payne defied orders from 911 dispatch when she pursued, attacked, and ultimately killed 62-year old, Keith Herring.

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The case of Hannah Payne, a 21-year old who pursued and ultimately killed 62-year old Kenneth Herring, had been several times delayed since December of 2019 when it was originally scheduled. The case moved forward Thursday, July 16th, when a bond modification hearing was held via Zoom by the presiding judge, Shana Rooks Malone.

At the hearing, Payne once again sought to modify the conditions of her bond. …


1 in 6 adult Georgians has a criminal record

Pass SB 288 NOW!

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Update from the Georgia Justice Project:

Great News!

SB 288 PASSED unanimously out of the House Special Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System last night. That means it moves onto the House floor for a vote — after it passes out of the Rules Committee. We are closer than ever to making this happen, but given the unusual legislative session, we need to keep up the pressure to get it across the finish line.

Please call or email your legislator and ask that SB 288 be placed on the Rules Calendar and that they support it on the…


Statement on behalf of members of the Black Delegation who choose to remain anonymous… and me

Many members of the black delegation (fifteen as of this morning) feel disheartened that a classic, thought-provoking show, A&E’s “First 48” has been unjustly stripped from the airwaves.

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Though as a delegation, we rarely speak on political matters, I was tapped by other anonymous members of the Black Delegation to speak out. And in so doing, I feel it necessary to add a full statement of support for the continuation of some crime t.v.

On behalf of my own household, and other black households who utilize programs like the “First 48” as suitable, family-friendly background noise during the workday:

There…


Georgia re-opens, COVID Continues to Claim Lives Behind Bars

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On March 26th, a 49-year old man housed in Lee State Prison in Leesburg, Georgia died from COVID-19-related complications. Positive cases and subsequent hospitalizations quickly spread throughout the prison, as access to treatment, and sanitation supplies dwindled in the facility.

Facing mounting criticism from the general public and the criminal justice community, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles (PAP) announced that they had begun reviewing specific cases for clemency release to help decrease the inmate population. Their scope would be limited. PAP’s focus was to be directed at those “currently serving for a non-violent offense(s) who are within 180…


Pursue a world-changing, unprecedented idea. NOW. Just don’t start a nonprofit.

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In the years I spent as a nonprofit consultant, I was repeatedly asked about advice on getting a nonprofit off the ground. In candor, I was ethically obligated to respond with a plain, but constructive: DON’T DO IT!

I’m sure if you have the mind to read articles on Medium you’re at least a bit of an optimist, or you at least believe that ambition and purpose can fuel any venture to success. I would concur that those qualities are enough to bear the legal, financial, and administrative hurdles you will encounter to establish a tax-exempt organization. …

Simone Chérie

Legal Reform Advocate, Consultant & Tech-Optimist. Former Fundraiser. 👩🏽‍💻Grad Student @EmoryLaw. Believer in decency as our #1 policy priority.

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