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Prosecutors approve new Georgia sentencing legislation

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Prosecutors say they believe the sentencing option given to Georgia judges under a new law is a much needed provision in many drug cases.

Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 349 into law this week.

It gives judges the option to avoid imposing mandatory minimum sentences in special circumstances.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards says drug dealers often use unsuspecting addicts to move and sell those drugs.

"Sometimes the argument could be made that everybody should be fed from the same spoon," said Edwards. "But in some instances maybe the spoon might be a little too harsh in terms of potential sentencing."

The legislation also creates the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission to conduct periodic reviews of the state's justice system.

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