Deal: “Let’s Help Inmates Find Jobs After Prison”

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.

7 comments

  1. seenbetrdayz says:

    Good on Deal. His move toward prison reform in this state is about the only thing from him that’s impressed me.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Deal’s done some other good stuff too, though I’m at a loss to think of anything else other than the DeKalb School Board appointments.

  2. saltycracker says:

    If he’d reform the drug laws there wouldn’t be so many to worry about…..

    Tearing up Deal: “…most of them there for the most serious of crimes.”
    So no need to ask about those background checks at the governor’s mansion.

  3. rrrrr says:

    Flame ON

    There is a program currently in place, it’s commonly called patronage… Oh I’m sorry, silly me that’s the process that FRONT loads the prison system.

    We certainly do need to take action; there are too few beds for some of our former elected officials to check into. As it is now, they have to be housed in other jurisdictions and this just won’t do.

    Flame OFF

    Sorry Buzz – just couldn’t pass up the hanging fastball…
    Besides, I seriously doubt that’s your retirement plan end game, others… not so sure.

  4. Harry says:

    Thank you Gov. Deal for your fine example. Ex-cons and disadvantaged kids are in need of a hand up, personal involvement.

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