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Game-changing probation bill headed to Gov. Kemp’s desk

Georgians interminably entangled in the parole system may finally have a chance at getting on with their lives through an early end to probation under a bill headed to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk.

Senate Bill 105 creates a uniform path to getting more Georgians serving supervised felony probation quickly through the system and out of the chokehold of probation. That, in turn, would enable them to regain certain rights such as voting and returning to work.

In Georgia, as long as a person is serving felony probation or parole, they are unable to vote, according to the state constitution. That’s a big problem in Georgia where about 225,000 people are currently on felony probation or parole, Doug Ammar, executive director of Georgia Justice Project told Atlanta Civic Circle. That’s three times the national average, Ammar noted.

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