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November 30, 2005

Tifton- Vice Chairman of Georgia's Board of Pardons and paroles Garland Hunt says there are about 50,000 inmates in the state's prisons.

He says faith-based programs, education training, and cognitive skills training are helping to bring down the recidivism rate.

"The recidivism rate in our state is about 33%, which actually is better than nationally. We're over 60% nationally. So the recidivism rate within three years of guys returning is better in Georgia, however, we still have one in 15 that are in the criminal justice system, versus one in 22 in the United States," Hunt says.

Hunt also says day reporting centers like the one on Tifton can help keep those on probation on the right track and out of the state's jail systems.

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