Governor Deal comes to Macon to sign criminal justice reform bills

Gov. Deal signs criminal justice reform legislation

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was at Goodwill's Anderson Conference Center on Eisenhower Parkway Tuesday morning to sign three criminal justice reform bills.

Those were Senate Bills 174, 175, and 176.

According to his office, the bills will expand access to accountability courts, give judges discretion in sentencing juveniles, and remove barriers for citizens reentering society after prison.

Deal reiterated his office's efforts to keep non-violent offenders out of Georgia prisons, and provide resources and education for those who've served their sentences.

The governor became emotional while speaking about Georgia's drug courts, which provide treatment for defendants addicted to drugs or alcohol.

"It is the ultimate example of redemption," said Deal as his voice wavered. "And we all ought to be in the business of redemption."

Deal commended Goodwill for helping reentering citizens find work and praised Fort Valley's Blue Bird plant for hiring offenders who get welding training while in prison.

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