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Viewpoint: Prison Re-Entry Program

Twenty five percent of prisoners released in Georgia end up back behind bars as repeat offenders.

A new program launched by Governor Nathan Deal aims to keep ex-cons on the right path and out of prison.

The goal is to have them emerge from prison with the ability to work and provide for themselves.

"We want to make sure that we do everything and make sure that they have all the resources necessary to come out and be successful, productive citizens in the community," said Dougherty County Reentry Co-Chair Marcus Scott.

Dougherty County is one of six counties testing this program, and we hope to see more.

It's our hope that this program will get prisoners on the right path to becoming productive citizens in our communities.

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