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Bill aimed at easing prison crowding


Some former inmates express their hope that a new law signed by Governor Deal will keep them from going back to prison.  

The Prisoner Re-Entry Bill signed by Governor Deal requires inmates to complete vocational training and treatment plans while they are incarcerated.

The bill builds on earlier legislation passed in the last two years by the General Assembly.  

The state believes this training will increase the chances prisoners can get jobs when they are released.  

"Many people will benefit from going out and looking for work because of this bill.  This bill can really help a person to get back on his or her feet," said probationer Gregory Mims.    

Mims says he's optimistic the law will help many offenders find employment. The law also allows judges to avoid automatically suspending a person's driver's license for minor drug offenses to help non-violent offenders get to and from work.



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