Georgia: Grand Opening

Georgia's Governor Lester Maddox is not hardhearted — or incapable of the grand gesture. Last week he made the grandest gesture of his eleven-month gubernatorial career, turning loose a full 7% of the state's prison population —547 inmates who have three months or less yet to serve — for Christmas at home.

While it is a common practice for Governors to grant Christmastime reprieves, no one can remember the release of such a huge batch of prisoners at any one time.º Maddox, however, was so pleased by the success of his discharge of 147 teen-age inmates in September...

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