Georgia Journal of Public Policy
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Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2152-4130
Published by Kennesaw State University [9 journals]
- Racial Disparities in Sentencing in the U.S. and Georgia
Authors: Kamal Rattray et al.
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:51 PDT
- Off Premises Sunday Sales in Georgia Localities: Will it Affect Traffic
Authors: Forrest Rose et al.
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:49 PDT
- Changing Faces, Changing Voices: Hispanics and Georgia’s
Spanish-Language Media Environment
Authors: D. Xavier Medina Vidal
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:48 PDT
- Developing a Georgia Policy Database: a Research Proposal
Authors: Paul E. Rutledge
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:46 PDT
- Spring 2012 Georgia Journal of Public Policy - Introduction
Authors: Dr. Richard N. Engstrom
PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:45 PDT
- Substance Abuse in Georgia
Authors: The Burruss Institute of Public Service; Research
In order to create a snapshot of substance use and abuse in Georgia, the Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research requested access to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). SAMHSA would not provide access to the raw data; instead, the Institute was given a series of tables with estimates of the average annual number of users of various substances among Georgians ages 12 and older between the years 2002 and 2008. SAMHSA also provided estimates of the percentages of members of various demographic subgroups who use each of the substances included in the survey.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:39 PST
- Deadly Silence: An Assessment of Emergency Alert Systems for Lincoln
Authors: Gretchen B. Keneson
Rural counties have a predisposition to sustaining catastrophic losses during natural emergencies. These counties tend to have poorer economic conditions that exacerbate attempts at hazard mitigation. Emergency Alerts Systems (EAS) are the most efficient and effective ways to provide information of impending danger. This study will compare and contrast different EAS to determine which would accommodate the needs of a community. The most successful way for most counties to alert citizens is through the use of a combination of redundant systems. For pastoral Lincoln County, Georgia the optimal systems are an alert siren and auto call capabilities. Both of these systems are able to meet the needs of all residents, and provide the ability to save both lives and property.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:37 PST
- Impact of the Economic Downturn on Local Governments in South Carolina
Authors: William Tomes
Across the country local government revenues have decreased while operating costs such as fuel, materials, equipment, and health insurance costs have significantly increased. In addition to reduced revenues, interest earnings for city and county government investments are low. These factors combined have created a difficult financial arena in which local governments must operate. While economists are reporting signs of economic recovery, many city and county budgets are just now feeling the full brunt of the economic downturn that began in 2008. On a daily basis, news media nationwide report local governments addressing budget deficits by cutting services, eliminating positions, or furloughing employees. To study the effect of the recession on South Carolina’s local governments, the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research (IPSPR) conducted a survey to determine the true impact on local government revenues and the fiscal strategies municipalities and counties have used to reduce expenditures. The purpose of this article is to summarize the survey results and to detail how local governments in South Carolina reacted to the economic downturn.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:35 PST
- Proper Crime Recording as an Effective Feedback Tool in Articulating a
Authors: Kevin A. Unter
Crime policy is subject to the policy process just like other governmental policies. An effective crime policy is one that reduces the amount of crime in a police department’s jurisdiction, e.g., the city. Accordingly, crime policy consists of the same policy components – agenda setting, formulation, implementation, and feedback. The implementation of any crime policy depends on the information collected by police departments, often through crimes reported to the department via 9-1-1 calls or brought to a police officer’s attention through proactive police work. The success of that police work relative to the reported crime first depends on whether the type of crime is recorded correctly so that investigative follow-up, if necessary, can be conducted efficiently and properly. Accordingly, police departments that have appropriate internal controls to assess the quality of their crime recording efforts can provide relevant feedback to the command staff and political leaders responsible for setting the agenda and reformulating policy when necessary. This paper will examine the Atlanta Police Department’s efforts in improving its crime recording procedures in 2002-2003 and the changes that led to sustained crime reductions following 2002.
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:32 PST
- Federal Earmarks in the State of Georgia
Authors: Jeffrey Lazarus
PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:06:30 PST