Columbus community leaders join together for criminal justice reform discussion

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus community leaders joined forces in efforts to lead a positive change in Georgia's criminal justice reform.

New Life-Second Chance Outreach held a roundtable discussion Tuesday to address the topic.  According to data from the Department of Justice, Georgia ranks first in the nation in the rate of people incarcerated, on parole, and other corrections controls.

Georgia's prison population is also reportedly the fifth largest in the county.

"In Georgia, there are about 90,000 people locked up in cages on a daily basis. There are about 50,000 in prison and 40,000 thousand in jail. We can change that," says Chris Bruce with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The event was a partnership between the American Civil Liberties Union in Atlanta. Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins, local attorneys, and law enforcement officers attended the event.

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