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May 9, 2007

Albany-  Prosecutors in Georgia will have to do some belt tightening because of the state's new budget.

The budget falls short in the a mount of money needed to run the Prosecuting Attorney's Council. On the local level, that means some DA's offices may have to furlough state-paid workers for five days next month. In Albany, nearly a dozen employees will be temporarily laid off.

"What is of grave concern to me is the rural offices all around Albany, the Pataula Circuit, the south Georgia circuit, the southwestern circuit, Cordele and Tifton, their offices are largely if not exclusively made up of state paid employees and if this furlough come into affect, they will have to shut the doors and there will not be prosecution in those circuits at all," said Ken Hodges, Dougherty County District Attorney.

As chairman of the Prosecuting Attorney's Council Hodges is headed to Atlanta Thursday to meet with other District Attorney to discuss a possible solution to the furloughs.

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