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Committee focuses on offender re-entry

ATLANTA — A committee appointed by Georgia’s governor to study criminal justice reform is recommending potential reforms to help rehabilitated offenders re-enter society.

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform on Friday gave its 2013 report to Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston.

In addition to recommendations about offender re-entry, the council also developed performance measures to track the success of previous reforms to make sure they’re enhancing public safety and cutting costs.

The Legislature last year passed a sweeping overhaul to the state’s juvenile justice system, much of which was based on recommendations from the council.


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