Governor Deal is set to announce the formation of a Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday. An unusual coalition of state leaders will join him, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston. The Council will spend the next year studying what to do about Georgia’s packed prisons and juvenile detention centers, how to reduce the bill of more than $1.4 billion, and alternatives to incarceration. Recommendations are due in January 2012. The event takes place at 1:45pm at the Capitol.