Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans for the next legislative session to complete the third leg of his criminal justice reform stool, supporting transition and re-entry into the community for people who have been in prison, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Deal spoke to the Rotary Club of Atlanta yesterday to preview the 2014 legislative session and the messages that likely will be part of his re-election campaign next year.
“There are other things at work in our society — things that are not the most pleasant things to talk about,” Deal said. “We took on criminal justice reform — not something that a Republican governor should do.” The state wants to provide educational skills for those in prison, and has partnered with technical colleges to provide skilled training so inmates can develop a marketable skill while in prison. Deal said he will need help from the private sector to hire people with a criminal record — often those who are the hardest to employ.