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May 14, 2004

Albany- Every year, $2,000 more inmates enter than leave Georgia's prison system.

The Albany Dougherty Restorative Justice Center hopes to reduce that number by helping non-violent offenders serve their sentences in other ways.

Friday, some of the center's staff signed people up for the program. The center works with probation officers to get some offenders into programs to help them finish their education and find jobs.

"We're going to try to work out a plan that doesn't involve incarceration," said Joyce Jordan, executive director. "If they're already in jail, then we got out to the jail and talk to them and we still try to come up with a plan that doesn't involve incarceration."

Right now, the Center is operating out of the Trinity Development Corporation on Willie Pitts Jr. Road in Albany.

posted at 10 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com