Alan Judd

Alan Judd is an investigative reporter for the AJC. He has written about sexual abuse by physicians, cheating in the Atlanta Public Schools, deaths in Georgia’s state psychiatric hospitals, and other topics. He may be reached at ajudd@ajc.com or 404-526-5029. Follow him on Twitter @alanjudd3000. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Alan Judd

Did voting problems influence outcome in Georgia election?
 A poll worker in Atlanta hoarded the last of his precinct’s provisional ballots, doling them out to select voters while turning others away. Cobb County wouldn’t let a new resident cast a ballot even though both her driver’s license and her voter registration card displayed her new address. Fulton County still can&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

A poll worker in Atlanta hoarded the last of his precinct’s provisional ballots, doling them out to select voters while turning others away. Cobb County wouldn’t let a new resident cast a ballot even though both her driver’s license and her voter registration card displayed her new address. Fulton County still can&rsquo...
Trailing but close, Abrams pushes to keep campaign alive
 Early Wednesday, trailing but tantalizingly close in the race for governor, Stacey Abrams exhorted her supporters to brace for a do-over: a month-long campaign leading to a Dec. 4 runoff election. As the day after Election Day ground on, however, the Democrat’s path forward looked increasingly narrow. Republican Secretary of State...

Posted: 7 days ago

Early Wednesday, trailing but tantalizingly close in the race for governor, Stacey Abrams exhorted her supporters to brace for a do-over: a month-long campaign leading to a Dec. 4 runoff election. As the day after Election Day ground on, however, the Democrat’s path forward looked increasingly narrow. Republican Secretary of State...
Georgia’s strict laws lead to large purge of voters
 One evening in July 2017, computers at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office were set to a monumental task. Through the night, they would sift through a list of 6.6 million registered voters, seeking out those who didn’t belong. By dawn, more than 500,000 people were registered no more. This purge, according to election-law...

Posted: 19 days ago

One evening in July 2017, computers at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office were set to a monumental task. Through the night, they would sift through a list of 6.6 million registered voters, seeking out those who didn’t belong. By dawn, more than 500,000 people were registered no more. This purge, according to election-law...
At company Brian Kemp backed, unpaid debt and possible ‘felony’
 When it needed a loan, Hart AgStrong, a grain processor partly owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, put up as collateral thousands of bushels of canola and sunflower seeds. The problem was, AgStrong didn’t own them. Later, AgStrong used an insurance settlement from two fires at its plant in northeast Georgia...

7:10 PM Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

When it needed a loan, Hart AgStrong, a grain processor partly owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, put up as collateral thousands of bushels of canola and sunflower seeds. The problem was, AgStrong didn’t own them. Later, AgStrong used an insurance settlement from two fires at its plant in northeast Georgia...
Georgia’s efforts to fix mental health system fall short, monitor says

For nearly a decade, Georgia has operated its mental health care system under federal supervision. It has shut down decrepit psychiatric hospitals and moved hundreds of disabled people out of institutions where they had languished for decades. It has spent millions of dollars on services that had been perpetually underfunded.Despite all of...

8:25 PM Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

For nearly a decade, Georgia has operated its mental health care system under federal supervision. It has shut down decrepit psychiatric hospitals and moved hundreds of disabled people out of institutions where they had languished for decades. It has spent millions of dollars on services that had been perpetually underfunded.Despite all of...
For Brian Kemp, suit over bad loan reveals political, financial perils
 At 9 a.m. on July 19, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp sat in his lawyer’s office in Carrollton. In just five days, the state’s Republicans would choose either Kemp or Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as their candidate for governor. The race was widely viewed as a toss-up. But Kemp would be stuck in Carrollton for the next two hours...

4:15 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

At 9 a.m. on July 19, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp sat in his lawyer’s office in Carrollton. In just five days, the state’s Republicans would choose either Kemp or Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as their candidate for governor. The race was widely viewed as a toss-up. But Kemp would be stuck in Carrollton for the next two hours...
Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom
 Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia...

4:45 PM Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia...
New details emerge about judge’s determination to give leniency to teen now accused of murder
 Police arrested a second suspect Thursday in a fatal shooting outside a north Atlanta country club as new details emerged about the leniency granted in an earlier case to the 17-year-old accused gunman. Jayden Myrick, who was arrested in the shooting last month, was “the big test case” for reforming juvenile offenders outside...

6:06 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

Police arrested a second suspect Thursday in a fatal shooting outside a north Atlanta country club as new details emerged about the leniency granted in an earlier case to the 17-year-old accused gunman. Jayden Myrick, who was arrested in the shooting last month, was “the big test case” for reforming juvenile offenders outside...
Program claims unblemished record, but questions abound in murder case
 The private organization that supervised a teenager now accused of murder claimed Monday it has an unblemished record of reforming young, often violent criminals. But just one day before police charged Jayden Myrick, 17, with killing a man shot during a robbery outside an Atlanta country club, a judge revoked the probation of Myrick&rsquo...

12:40 AM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

The private organization that supervised a teenager now accused of murder claimed Monday it has an unblemished record of reforming young, often violent criminals. But just one day before police charged Jayden Myrick, 17, with killing a man shot during a robbery outside an Atlanta country club, a judge revoked the probation of Myrick&rsquo...
‘Visionary’ didn’t keep promises to help violent teenager
 One day last August, Gwendolyn Sands stood before a Fulton County judge and promised to rehabilitate a teenage boy already well on his way to a life of violence. She called herself a visionary. Her organization, Visions Unlimited, would pair the boy with a “life coach” for “24/7 supervision,” Sands told the judge....

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 28, 2018

One day last August, Gwendolyn Sands stood before a Fulton County judge and promised to rehabilitate a teenage boy already well on his way to a life of violence. She called herself a visionary. Her organization, Visions Unlimited, would pair the boy with a “life coach” for “24/7 supervision,” Sands told the judge....
‘Concerns,’ but no consequences, after suicides in mental health system
 The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...

12:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...