“More power for judges to veer from stiff mandatory minimum sentences. Extra funding for training for prisoners. And an ambitious renovation of a shuttered Atlanta prison to help released inmates transition back into the real world.
“The most dramatic elements of Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice overhaul have slowly taken root over the past five years, leaving thousands fewer inmates in costly prison beds. But in his sixth year in office, Deal wants a host of lower-profile changes that could leave their own mark.”