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Deal seeks effort to help inmates leaving prison

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he's going to ask the state's criminal justice reform commission to continue its work and focus on what happens when inmates leave the state's correctional system.

During a speech at the Atlanta Press Club Tuesday, Deal said he believes inmates willing to work hard and become productive members of society deserve that chance. Deal choked up as he told of how he has gotten to know inmates who work at the governor's mansion and has helped some find work after leaving prison.

Last year, the commission worked on sweeping reforms aimed at reducing costs and repeat offender rates, while also offering greater flexibility to judges on sentencing. This year, Deal is expected to sign a bill with similar goals for the juvenile justice system.

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