Two Hall County officials were appointed to the state’s Accountability Court Funding Committee.
Avery D. Niles, warden of the Hall County Correctional Institution, and Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin were named two of the nine-member committee.
The committee, which was created by a Gov. Nathan Deal executive order, is responsible for setting funding priorities for Georgia’s alternative courts.
The state’s fiscal 2013 budget includes $10 million in funds for the new accountability courts, which are aimed at treating offenders with mental disabilities and addiction.
“With the high cost of housing nonviolent prisoners in our institutions throughout the state, I can’t think of a better way to rehabilitate individuals, reduce recidivism, and stretch tax dollars than through the expansion of accountability courts,” Niles said in a Hall County government press release.
Niles was appointed by the governor, Gosselin by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice George H. Carley.
The committee will meet until June of next year according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Of her appointment, Gosselin said, “It is an honor to be asked to serve on such a worthwhile committee. My experience with mental health court has proven to be one of the most rewarding of my career, and I am looking forward to the hard work of funding accountability courts across the state.”