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Senate OKs Sweeping Proposal On Sentencing Reform

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File photo of handcuffs. (photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of handcuffs. (photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – With strong bipartisan support, the Georgia Senate has approved the proposed overhaul of Georgia’s criminal justice system.

The Senate voted 51-0 Tuesday in favor of the legislation — which also has the approval of major stakeholders, including Gov. Nathan Deal — with some tweaks. The House must now approve those changes before the bill heads to Deal for his signature.

The governor has touted criminal justice reform as a move that will save tax dollars, improve the state’s rehabilitation rate and keep Georgians safe. The bill also raised the monetary threshold for most theft crimes, divided burglaries into three categories, addressed mandatory reporting requirements for suspected child abuse, provided restrictions for who can access a jobseeker’s criminal record and shortened how long suspects being held in probation detention centers.

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