Proudly standing aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003, then-President George W. Bush announced that Operation Iraqi Freedom was a success — or “Mission Accomplished” as the banner read. It didn’t take long for the world to learn otherwise.

Similarly, as the sun set on former governor and justice-reformer Nathan Deal’s tenure, policymakers congratulated each other and crossed criminal justice reform off their to-do lists. Even today, when asked about future work in this area, some legislators privately respond, “We’ve already done justice reform.” But like Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, the mission to reform Georgia’s criminal justice system is far from over. 

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