State Criminal Justice Profile

Georgia

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $16 million* in state and local funds to Georgia.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $5,557,376
Justice Assistance Grant Program—52 Local Awards $2,522,870
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $8,546,417

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 State of Georgia 2014 Byrne JAG $5,557,376

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 On-Officer Body Cameras and Data Storage $38,987
Augusta-Richmond County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Conducted Electrical Weapons (Tasers) $92,103
Baldwin County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $16,842
Barrow County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Forensic Capabilities Enhancement and Critical Equipment Program $20,460
Burke County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $11,727
Carroll County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $18,121
Cherokee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Project Safe Highways $11,135
City of Albany 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Byrne Memorial JAG Policing and Support Operational Enhancement Project $67,838
City of Americus 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Protecting Our Officers/Saving Our Children $22,301
City of Atlanta 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $631,872
City of Brunswick 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enhancement of Patrol and Training Divisions of the Brunswick Police Department $22,113
City of Carrollton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Purchase and Install Mobile License Plate Reader $18,152
City of College Park 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Video Surveillance System Expansion Project $25,513
City of Douglasville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 WatchGuard In-Car Camera Systems $18,028
City of East Point 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 East Point Police Department JAG Project $36,617
City of Gainesville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enhancement of Training Equipment to Train Officers to Effectively Respond to Active Shooters or Advanced Threats $10,854
City of Griffin 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 In-Car Camera Evidence Preservation Project $15,876
City of Hinesville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hinesville Law Enforcement: Vehicle Camera Systems, Handheld Laser Speed Detection Devices, and Vehicle Radars $14,378
City of Marietta 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Marietta Police Technology/Equipment Upgrade $41,233
City of Riverdale 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Recording Devices—Body Cameras and Portable Storage Devices for Vehicle Cameras $11,291
City of Rome 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 First Responder Active Shooter Ballistic and Response Equipment $20,273
City of Roswell 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Automatic License Plate Recognition System $10,449
City of Sandy Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 P25-Compliant Interoperability Radio Project $16,499
City of Savannah 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $93,351
City of Tifton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,006
City of Union City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Laptop Computer Program $20,398
City of Valdosta 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Law Enforcement Technology Improvement Program $24,515
City of Warner Robins 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Law Enforcement Project $32,936
Clayton County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancing Policing $101,647
Cobb County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Cobb County 2014 JAG Program $94,661
Columbus Consolidated Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technical and Operational Improvements $91,448
DeKalb County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Collaboration Project $313,799
Douglas County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $15,688
Floyd County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Reentry Assistance $19,431
Forest Park Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Variable Message Board Project $13,412
Forsyth County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Enhancement Project $22,301
Glynn County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Forensic Technology and Safety Project $23,018
Gwinnett County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Gwinnett County JAG $149,118
Hall County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $16,468
Haralson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Tallapoosa Drug Intervention Program $11,509
Henry County Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $27,728
Laurens County Sheriff’s Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Officer Safety/Communication Initiative $11,540
Macon-Bibb County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $78,254
Madison County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $12,351
Newton County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $29,443
Paulding County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Paulding County Equipment Update Initiative $14,971
Rockdale County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $26,293
Smyrna Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Criminal Surveillance/Technology Project $15,096
Spalding County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $12,476
Statesboro Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,630
Walker County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 K-9 and Equipment Enhancement Grant $15,221
Whitfield County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Conasauga Drug Court $16,499

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Baldwin County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Expansion (Baldwin, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, Wilkinson, and Hancock Counties) $199,632
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 2014 Veterans Treatment Court Grant Application $1,500,000
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Northern District of Georgia FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $500,000
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Georgia FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $316,717
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 State of Georgia Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program $130,991
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 State of Georgia Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Project $261,982
Georgia Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Georgia FY 2014 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms $1,750,000
Georgia Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative $1,000,000
Georgia Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 GDC Smart Supervision Project $750,000
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 State of Georgia DJJ: Phase III of PREA Implementation $400,680
Georgia Student Finance Commission 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Georgia John R. Justice Grant Program $36,444
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Gwinnett County Adult Drug Court Expansion Project $199,973
Newton County Board of Commissioners 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Enhancement of Services and Expansion of Drug Court Population $300,000
Piedmont Judicial Circuit 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Piedmont Judicial Circuit Jackson County Drug Court Service Enhancement and Expansion Project $300,000
Rockdale County 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Rockdale County FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning $100,000
Rockdale County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Rockdale County DUI Court-Supervised Treatment Program $199,998
Rockdale County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Rockdale Reentry Intervention Prevention Program $600,000

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 384

Sworn Officers: 21,498

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 77% of the 384 law enforcement agencies in Georgia have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 60% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Police employee data were not received from the State Police/Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety for the state.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 19 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 32 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 1,223 officers were assaulted (2.45% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Georgia:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 37,591 36,541 -2.8
Murder and Manslaughter 581 556 -4.3
Forcible Rape 2,124 4,566 N/A
Robbery 12,463 12,488 0.2
Aggravated Assault 22,423 20,915 -6.7
Property Crime 338,329 334,399 -1.2
Burglary 86,789 82,258 -5.2
Larceny-Theft 223,004 225,315 1.0
Motor Vehicle Theft 28,536 26,826 -6.0

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (323,435) decreased 2.07% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 11.10% (12,146), and property-related arrests decreased 0.77% (49,993).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Juvenile Court; State Court; Magistrate Court; County Recorder's Court; Municipal Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 19,478
Prisoner Releases: 18,226
Total Prisoners: 54,004

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 31
Recidivism Rate*: 26.2%
Top Offenses: Aggravated assault, burglary (FY 2014)

Source: Georgia Department of Corrections
*The recidivism rate represents the 3-year felony conviction rates of inmates released from state prisons, private prisons, county prisons, and transition centers, and probationers released from detention centers, diversion centers, and probation boot camps.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves Georgia. There are 169 Georgia criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Georgia

Highlights

In Georgia, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • State Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program at Coastal State Prison. Coastal’s RSAT program diverts qualifying offenders sentenced to 2 years or less of prison time to 3- and 6-month residential substance abuse treatment programs, followed by community supervision and aftercare.

  • Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC), 1 of 77 U.S. Department of Homeland Security-recognized fusion centers. The fusion center is the primary repository for criminal intelligence information, and staff is responsible for turning the flow of raw information into an actionable intelligence picture.

  • Law enforcement training series held by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). GPSTC’s Drug Enforcement Training Program offers advanced specialized training in drug enforcement investigations, school resource officer training, community-oriented policing, and the Spanish language. It also provides a Georgia Clandestine Laboratory Investigation/Safety Certification program and Crisis Intervention Team Certification training, which are imperative trainings for

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

PDF IconDetails on Georgia’s priorities and planning process

State Administering Agency (SAA)

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Jacqueline Bunn, Executive Director
http://cjcc.georgia.gov/

Georgia At-A-Glance

Total Population: 9,992,167
Population Under 18: 2,489,709
Population Over 65: 1,195,955

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Vernon Keenan, Director

Local Governments: 1,378
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: G. F. Peterman, III—Middle District of Georgia, Macon John Horn—Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Edward J. Tarver—Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security Jim Butterworth, Director http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Drug Courts: 81
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center