Report: Ga. has highest probation rate


Georgia had more people on probation in 2007 than any other state, according to a new report.

A Pew Center on the States report released on Monday found that 435,631 Georgians were on probation in 2007. Georgia is the nation's ninth most populous state.

The Georgia Department of Department of Corrections said the number might be inflated by double-counting of some offenders. But it has previously acknowledged that its probation population is the highest per capita in the country.

The department says that the large number of Georgians on probation means that the state's probation officers have had a caseload far higher than the national average.

Georgia corrections officials on Monday could not say what the current caseload is or whether it will be affected by state budget cuts.

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