Symposium to Address Governor Deal’s Prison Reform Bill and the Impact of Incarceration on Georgia and County Government

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – 7:30 am to 1:30 pm

Atlanta, GA – Incarceration and its impact on the state is a major concern for Governor Deal and other lawmakers. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections (2011), Georgia has the fifth – largest prison population in the country, and spends $1 billion a year on Corrections. In addition, about seventy-five percent of Georgia prison inmates are incarcerated due to an alcohol or drug addiction, and approximately 95% of offenders who enter prison will eventually be released to the community.

Prison Reentry is one of the issues that will be examined by a panel of government officials and industry professionals during STAND, Inc’s second annual Prevention At Work Symposium on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta.

Below are a list of the different sessions:

The Prevention At Work Symposium will kick-off with the Opening Session, which will feature Major General James Donald, who is the Chairman of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and former Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Corrections.

General Session I: “Substance Abuse Treatment Is Prevention,” which will be moderated by Diane Sherman, President and CEO of ACTS Consulting and a long-standing STAND, Inc

General Session II: “HIV/AIDS Prevention: Bridging the Gap between Research Program Evaluation and Practice,” will be moderated by Charles Sperling, Executive Director of STAND, Inc.

General Session III: “Reentry and the Financial Impact of Incarceration on State and County Governments,” will be moderated by Doug Ammar, Executive Director of the Georgia Justice Project.

The Prevention At Work Symposium is only open to invited guests. However, key highlights from the forum will be made available to the public on STAND, Inc’s website at