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Posted: February 26, 2014 5:32 p.m.

Ga. Senate approves criminal justice bill

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill meant to help ex-offenders re-enter society and find jobs.

Senate Bill 365 passed in a 53-0 vote on Wednesday. The proposed legislation, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jesse Stone, of Waynesboro, proposes that the state Department of Corrections and Board of Corrections play a larger role in educational, vocational, social and behavioral programs that convicts participate in after being released from prison.

The bill calls for non-violent offenders to complete a Treatment Completion Certificate program, and would also require review hearings for juvenile offenders who are placed into foster care.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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