States Are Moving to Shorten Probation Time

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In Georgia, one in 16 adults is on probation. That’s almost four times the national average. Offenders there spend more than twice as long on probation as in the rest of the U.S., sometimes 20 years or life. Probation officers juggle as many as 400 cases at a time. The state is looking to change that. At the behest of Gov. Nathan Deal, legislators passed a probation reform bill last month. It would shorten probation sentences and reduce . . .

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