Governor Deal spoke to the Atlanta Press Club today and among other things mentioned he wasn’t through reforming Georgia’s criminal justice system:
Deal is asking a criminal justice panel he formed two years ago to explore ways to ease inmates’ re-entry into society.
He says he knows how hard it is to start anew after serving time. Those workers at the Governor’s Mansion who serve meals? Choking back tears, Deal said:
“They’re prisoners, most of them there for the most serious of crimes. I’ve had a chance to help some of them as they’ve left…find a job,” he said. “Invariably the employer who’s willing to take that chance comes up to me and says, ‘If you’ve got some more like that, how about sending them my way?’”
He added, “They work hard. They appreciate the opportunity for a chance in life again.”
We’ll see what recommendations are suggested but this is an idea I wholeheartedly support.