Judge Amanda Williams's Very Bad Week
March 31, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
Ira Glass does an atypical bit of investigative reporting
about an especially punitive drug court in rural Georgia.
The drug courts of Georgia's Glynn and Camden counties (combined population ~125,097), overseen by Judge Amanda Williams, handle more cases than that of Fulton County (population ~1,033,756 and home to the city of Atlanta). Some first-time offenders guilty of minor infractions find themselves stuck in the system for years, jailed for "indeterminate" periods of time and even spend lengthy periods in solitary confinement.
At least a slice of Georgia's legal community seems to be rather upset.
In the few days since the story aired, Judge Williams's [cached] election website
has been taken down.