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I'M FRANK MALLOY.. THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
BUSINESS IS BOOMING IN GEORGIA....IF YOU'RE IN THE PRISON BUSINESS.
BUT SOME SAY IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHO GOES TO PRISON...AND FOR HOW LONG.
THIS WEEK...THE STATE APPOINTED A SPECIAL COUNCIL ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM.
THE GOAL IS TO CUT GEORGIA'S PRISON COSTS...BY PROPOSING ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROGRAMS.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL POINTS OUT THAT IT COST THE STATE THREE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY TO HOUSE ALMOST FIFTY-THREE THOUSAND INMATES. DEAL SAYS THAT DRAINS A BILLION A YEAR...FROM THE STATE BUDGET.
IN HIS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS.. DEAL NOTED THAT GEORGIA RANKS 10 AMONG THE STATES IN POPULATION....BUT FOURTH IN PRISON INMATES.
RANDALL SAVAGE TALKED TO STATE OFFICIALS ABOUT SENTENCING IN GEORGIA...AND GIVES US THEIR VERDICT.<< nats prison door
THE PRISON DOOR CLOSES BEHIND 53 THOUSAND INMATES A YEAR...SOME SAY THAT'S TOO MANY...THEY STAY TOO LONG...AND IT'S BREAKING THE STATE.
THAT'S WHY GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL PUT AN ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROPOSAL IN MOTION DURING HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS IN JANUARY.
HE SAYS VIOLENT OFFENDERS BELONG IN PRISON.. BUT SOME OTHERS DON'T.
43:24 Nathan Deal, Governor: For other offenders who want to change their lives, we will provide the opportunity to do so with day reporting centers, drug, DUI and mental health courts and expanded probation and treatment options.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS FAVORS SOME SENTENCING CHANGES.
1:08:02 Greg Winters, District Attorney: Rapists, murders, child molesters, armed robbers, they need to be in prison. When we go back and look at all the other crimes, however, I think we can say what is their background, the seriousness of the crime or not.
9:06 Randall Savage, Eyewitness News: William Terry, Warden of Central State Prison here in Bibb County, says it costs about $18,000 a year to house an inmate. That's three times what the state pays for a student. But Warden Terry says it can help if sentencing reform takes place.
HE SAYS CHANGING SENTENCES FROM YEARS TO MONTHS WOULD HELP.
1:33:23 William Terry, Warden: If we look at sentence reform and go to the months, one of the biggest things, we could sentence the guy to 57 months. That's a whole lot better than five years.
THAT WOULD CUT THREE MONTHS OFF A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE.. A FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR SAVING PER INMATE.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS SAYS MONEY SAVED FROM SENTENCING REFORM.. COULD BE REDIRECTED TO GEORGIA SCHOOLS.
3:29:13 David Lucas, State Representative: I think a lot of us would like to see it overhauled because we're spending more on prison now than we really spending on education. That money needs to go to education.
WARDEN TERRY SAYS SENTENCE REFORM COULD WORK.
2:34:26 Warden: There are some inmates that we're scared of and there are some inmates that we're mad at and those that we're mad at, once they've served their sentences... 2:58:15... we can put those guys back out on the streets utilizing our probation and our parole staff. It's a whole lot cheaper.
AND IT COULD LOWER CENTRAL STATE'S POPULATON.. WHICH IS MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED INMATES.
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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CASEY CAGLE TOLD US ONE OPTION IS DRUG COURTS... LIKE THE ONES THAT CURRENTLY OPERATE IN BIBB...CRAWFORD AND PEACH COUNTIES.
THE SPECIAL COUNCIL ON SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN JANUARY.
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MACON'S ANTI-SMOKING ORDINANCE COULD GET A NEW LIFE.
COUNCILMAN NANCY WHITE SAYS ORDINANCE BACKERS MET YESTERDAY WITH MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT TO TALK ABOUT DRAFTING A NEW VERSION.
MAYOR REICHERT VETOED THE FIRST ONE LAST MONTH.... SAYING IT WAS TOO BROAD....AND THAT BUSINESS PEOPLE DIDN'T GET ENOUGH CHANCES TO SPEAK OUT.
HE ALSO SAYS THE CITY MUST WORK WITH THE COUNTY TO PASS A SIMILAR LAW.
REICHERT SAYS COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT THE ORDINANCE SEEMED RECEPTIVE TO HIS IDEAS.
"I anticipate that they will have the city attorney draft up a new smoking ordinance that would be more restrictive than state law, but less restrictive than their previous effort was."
WHITE SAYS THEY WANT TO HAVE A NEW DRAFT BEFORE COUNCIL IN JUNE.
THIS WEEKEND YOU CAN CHECK OUT HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL'S PRODUCTION OF ANNIE JUNIOR... WHILE SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF LAST MONTH'S DEVASTATING TORNADOES.
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THIS WEEKEND'S PERFORMANCE IS FREE... WITH A DONATION.
THE CAST WILL COLLECT CANNED FOOD... TOILETRIES... AND ANY OTHER DONATIONS.
THEY'LL ADD THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE 'STACK THE SEMI' FUNDRAISER SPONSORED BY THE HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS.
THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE SATURDAY AFTERNOON... IN THE HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.
LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING WE INCORRECTLY REPORTED THE TIME OF THE SHOW... THE CORRECT TIME IS 3 P-M.
DOZENS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE A MAJOR FACELIFT TO A PULASKI COUNTY PARK.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS YOU HOW PARK NEIGHBORS VOLUNTEERED TO GET INVOLVED.
HAMBURGERS COOKED ON THE GRILL AND POTATOES SIZZLED IN THE THE FRYER... AS THE CELEBRATION BEGAN AT MILE BRANCH LANDING AT HAWKINSVILLE-PULASKI COUNTY PARK.
Brooks Bailey, Commissioner: "The idea was we need to build this park back. We need it for economic development reasons. We need it for recreation reasons. We need it for somewhere for our people to go to enjoy the outdoors, the nature.
COMMISSIONER BROOKS BAILEY SAYS FOUR YEARS AGO... THE COUNTY OWNED PARK WAS OVERGROWN AND IN DISREPAIR.
NOW..THEY'VE BUILT NEW RESTROOMS... PAVILIONS... AND A PLAYGROUND.
THANKS TO DONATIONS OF TIME.. LABOR AND MONEY ... THE PARK CAME BACK TO LIFE.
Brooks Bailey, "It's just been a collaborated effort of city government county government all the volunteers rivers alive the river committed AND everyone coming together to make this happen."
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News, "Bailey says the county spent about $60,000, but with all the upgrades it's added about $100,000 in value to the park."
SOME STUDENTS EVEN HAD A HAND ... MAKING PAMPHLETS ABOUT THE WILDLIFE.
Arianna Kendrick, seventh grader: "We did the bird brochures to explain all the birds here that are native to Georgia in this very park."
THE SEVENTH GRADERS RESEARCHED EACH SPECIES.....
Becky Caiza, Seventh GRader: "My bird was the eastern wood peewee."
AND NOW WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED CAN BE PASSED ON TO PARK VISITORS.
Becky Caiza, Seventh GRader: "On the trail you can get the brochure up and pick and see what kind of birds you see on the trail while you're walking."
VOLUNTEERS... STUDENTS... AND EVEN LAWMAKERS... JOINED IN TO CELEBRATE HOW THE OLD PARK... TRANSFORMED INTO THE NEW PRIDE OF THE COUNTY
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>> THIS IS PHASE ONE OF THE RENOVATIONS.
BAILEY SAYS THEY HOPE TO BUILD AN AMPHITHEATER AND EDUCATIONAL BUILDING... WITHIN TWO TO THREE YEARS.
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IS CELEBRATING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND THEIR VERY OWN BILL GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLAR... THELRON (THER-ON) PLEAS (PLESS) IS FINISHING OUT HIS SENIOR YEAR WITH NO WORRIES ON COLLEGE FEES.
PLEAS (PLESS) VOLUNTEERS AT A NURSING HOME... HELPS OUT WITH THE MACON RESCUE MISSION... AND HAS A HAND IN PRODUCTION AT THE DOUGLAS THEATER DOWNTOWN.
HE SAYS HIS GOAL IS TO BE THE YOUNGEST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO EVER OWN A PRODUCTION STUDIO AND HE HAS A LONG LIST OF PEOPLE TO THANK.
Thelron Pleas, Gates Scholarship Winner: "Everyone is my hero because I would not be where I am today if somebody didn't give me a chance at life. If somebody didn't give me a chance to do this or to do that or didn't push me or didn't say here, here's this scholarship I think you ought to try it. So everyone deserves credit and everyone has had an impact in my life ."
PLEAS (PLES) PLANS TO ATTEND MACON STATE IN THE FALL.
THE GATES SCHOLARSHIP WILL COVER HIS UNDERGRADUATE... GRADUATE... AND DOCTORATE DEGREES.
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