The proposal will launch a study of sentencing reforms that would offer other alternative punishments for people convicted of non-violent crimes.
The hope is to save the state money by re-vamping its prison system.
Many South Georgia jails are facing over crowding and officials say they are hoping this will help solve the problem.
"We are fortunate in Thomas County that we're not overcrowded, we have a fairly new facility, but there are other neighboring counties that are over capacity. If this bill passes they may see a reduction in some of their inmates that maybe don't' qualify for these offenses,"
said Captain Steve Jones.
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