2018 Attorney General’s Race

Below is a comparison of what the two major party candidates for attorney general have stated about reforming Georgia’s criminal justice system, ending mass incarceration, and eliminating racial disparities. 


Charlie Bailey

Charlie Bailey (D)

 
Chris Carr

Chris Carr (R)


Position of ACLU of GA:   Support   Oppose

 

General Criminal Justice Reform

In 2016, Georgia’s prison population was fourth largest in the nation costing Georgia taxpayers over $1 billion a year. As Attorney General, will you support alternatives to incarceration and policies that reduce the state’s jail and prison population?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Recently, Georgia’s imprisonment rate has seen a relative decline as a result of Governor Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform efforts over the past 5 years. As Attorney General, will you continue to implement the recommendations of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform and advocate for further reform?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Prosecutorial Reform

Do you support prosecutorial practices that redirect non-violent misdemeanors and felonies out of Georgia's jails and prisons?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

As Attorney General, will you support efforts to increase accountability for local prosecutors and to investigate allegations of prosecutorial misconduct?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Sentencing Reform

As Attorney General, will you support reducing or eliminating some mandatory minimum sentences?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Georgia ranks first in the nation in correctional control rate, with parole and probation violations accounting for an estimated two-thirds of all prison admissions. As Attorney General, will you support shortening probation periods and/or removing probation altogether for some non-violent offenses as a means of reforming probation and parole and reducing the costs of lengthy correctional control?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Marijuana Decriminalization

In 2017, nineteen percent of all drug-related prison admissions in Georgia were for marijuana offenses. As Attorney General, will you support alternatives that end all jail and prison admissions for marijuana possession?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

As Attorney General, will you support measures to permit cultivation and access to marijuana for medical purposes?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Bail Reform

Georgia taxpayers pay millions of dollars per year on pretrial detainment. People who have not been convicted are being detained largely because they are too poor to afford bail. As Attorney General, would you support eliminating cash bail for non-violent offenses?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.

 

Voting Rights

As Attorney General, will you support measures to restore voting rights of formerly incarcerated persons upon release from prison?

BAILEY

Failed to respond.

CARR

Failed to respond.