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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

October 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany organization is working to bridge the gap between the community and the justice system. The Albany Dougherty Restorative Center helps people who were released from prison get training and find work.

Saturday they held a meet and greet with public officials to bring awareness of the work they do to keep criminals from becoming repeat offenders.

"The system is not really designed to keep people locked up for long time and without this program people will just be revoked on probation and be sentenced to jail. This gives them an alternative to get them on the right track," said Municipal Court Judge, Willie Weaver.

"That's what we are here for, to help them find that job, to help them get that training or whatever it is they need," said Director and Founder, G. Joyce Jordan. The Restorative Justice Program focuses their work to mostly first time offenders of non-serious crimes.

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