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We like to say everyone deserves a second chance, but too often, Georgians convicted of crimes don't get one.  

Many people who paid their debt and want to lead productive lives find it impossible to find work. That often leads to more crime.  

A new state law allows people convicted of misdemeanors to ask prosecutors to keep that information from potential employers.  The Governor is asking employers not to eliminate offenders from the application process outright based on their convictions.    

Albany businessman Willie Ross is setting an example by hiring nothing but probationers to work in his new produce store.  Those are all good signs.  

Owners need to protect their businesses and hire the best workers, but if they at least give former offenders a second look, they may find those folks really have earned a second chance.

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