Glynn, Camden Drug Court judge to be featured on ‘This American Life
1:20 pm, March 24th, 2011
Georgia’s alternative, or accountability, court programs have generated a lot of buzz recently as Gov. Nathan Deal, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein and lawmakers from both parties are pushing for reforms of the criminal justice system while promoting those court programs as ways to curb recidivism, relieve overcrowded prisons and jails and save taxpayer money.
And now, they have captured national media attention.
National Public Radio affiliates will air an episode of This American Life featuring Judge Amanda Williams, director of the Drug Court in Glynn and Camden counties, in an upcoming broadcast.
Each of the national radio show’s episodes, hosted by executive producer Ira Glass, revolves around a theme. The episode featuring Williams is titled “Very Tough Love.”
According to This American Life’s website, the episode will focus “a drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are contrary to the very philosophy of drug court. The result? People with offenses that would get minimal or no sentences elsewhere sometimes end up in the system five to ten years.”
The Superior Court of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit started the Drug Court in 1998 with grant money and Williams at the helm. Visit the Glynn/Camden counties Drug Court website for more information.
WABE 90.1 FM will broadcast the episode on Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m. The free MP3 download of the episode will be available on This American Life’s website at the same time.