(Atlanta)- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed intended to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society. Senate bill 365 was signed at a church in Gainesville by the Governor. deal said the legislation is meant to build on regulations Georgia lawmakers passed in both 2012 and 2013.
The new law requires the Georgia Board of Corrections to create a certificate program to ensure that ex-offenders are ready to re-enter society. The program will require inmates to complete treatment plans ad vocational training while in prison.
The law also lets judges avoid automatically suspending the driver’s license of someone convicted of minor drug offenses that didn’t involve the operation of a vehicle. Deal says that portion of the law is meant to help nonviolent offenders continue traveling while looking for work.