PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal said he's pleased to see criminal justice reform at work in South Georgia.
Deal spoke at the dedication of a new community center in Pelham Thursday.
The Donnie Cochran Community Complex used to be the city's jail and was a state detention center before that.
Deal explained the progress of criminal justice reform, and how the prison population has substantially decreased.
From close to 55,000 in 2012, to close to 52,000 in 2015.
"Criminal justice reform is working. We're being able to divert those who would otherwise perhaps wind up here, into meaningful rehabilitation for them. And our drug courts, our DUI courts, our mental health courts, our veteran's courts, and in our juvenile diversion programs, they're all working," said Deal.
Deal added that they've been able to decrease the inmate population while the state's population has increased.