Deal seeks effort to help inmates leaving prison

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan
Deal says he's going to ask the state's criminal justice reform
commission to continue its work and focus on what happens when inmates
leave the state's correctional system.

During a speech at the
Atlanta Press Club Tuesday, Deal said he believes inmates willing to
work hard and become productive members of society deserve that chance.
Deal choked up as he told of how he has gotten to know inmates who work
at the governor's mansion and has helped some find work after leaving
prison.

Last year, the commission worked on sweeping reforms aimed
at reducing costs and repeat offender rates, while also offering
greater flexibility to judges on sentencing. This year, Deal is expected
to sign a bill with similar goals for the juvenile justice system.