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Convicted drug offenders now eligible for food stamps

Convicted drug offenders are now eligible for food stamps. (Source:WALB) Convicted drug offenders are now eligible for food stamps. (Source:WALB)
The criminal justice reform is aimed to help offenders find work and adjust to life after prison. (Source:WALB) The criminal justice reform is aimed to help offenders find work and adjust to life after prison. (Source:WALB)
Fonta High, Licensed Professional Counselor Fonta High, Licensed Professional Counselor
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Convicted drug offenders released from prison are now eligible for food stamps in Georgia.

Governor Nathan Deal signed a criminal justice reform bill Wednesday aimed to help offenders find work and adjust to life after prison.
We spoke to a Licensed Professional Counselor who helps substance abuse victims.
She says it's a step in the right direction that's good for all of us.

"So giving them access to resources is going to help support them in the return back to the community to help lessen the temptation to go back out to engage some of those old behaviors,” said Fonta High, Licensed Professional Counselor.

 High says other important resources are employment, housing, and other available places for treatment and counseling.
 The National Alliance on Mental Illness held a Transforming to Wellness seminar in Albany Wednesday to connect people with those resources.

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