Criminal prosecutions and civil litigation will be delayed even further if hundreds of Justice System employees and staff are laid off as a result of further budget cuts.
The county’s latest budget proposal calls for 10 percent across the board cuts in addition to prior reductions in state and county support for the Justice System. But that approach just doesn’t add up.
Here are some examples that show reducing or eliminating court programs that safely remove defendants from the overcrowded Fulton Jail will only add to the budget:
Jailing pretrial defendants: Daily Cost - $72 x 1,300 = $93,600.
Supervised pretrial release: Daily Cost - $5 x 1,300 = $ 6,500.
Daily saving: $87,100.
Jailing pretrial defendants: Daily Cost - $72 x 500 = $36,000.
Drug/Mental Health Court: Daily Cost - $23 x 500 = $11,500.
Daily saving: $24,500.
What You Can Do:
- Read the Fulton Justice leaders’ “Resolution to Declare an Economic State of Emergency” at http://bit.ly/JusticeEmergency.
- Voice your opinion.
Ask Fulton Commissioners not to jeopardize your access to the courts in civil matters nor the efficient handling of criminal prosecutions by taking necessary resources and financial support from our justice system.
Demand that Commissioners vote to ensure the safety and welfare of Fulton County residents by not imposing further budget cuts on the Fulton County Justice System.
- Contact Fulton Commissioners directly:
Robb Pitts 404-612-8210 firstname.lastname@example.org District 2 (At Large)
Lynne Riley 404-612-8213 email@example.com District 3
Tom Lowe 404-612-8218 firstname.lastname@example.org District 4
Emma L. Darnell 404-612-8222 Emma.Darnell@fultoncountyga.gov District 5
Nancy A. Boxill 404-612-8226 email@example.com District 6
Vice Chair Bill Edwards 404-612-8230 William.Edwards@fultoncountyga.gov District 7
- Attend and speak during the public comment period at the next Commission meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at 10 a.m. at 141 Pryor St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303.