Gov. Nathan Deal — a former judge and prosecutor– has been honored with the Champion of Justice Award by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. President Darren Penn said: “Deservedly, Governor Deal received wide praise this year for signing House Bill 17 – the Hidden Predator Act – into law. Because of his support for this measure, our courthouse doors have been unlocked for victims of childhood sexual abuse. In addition, he has a strong track record of appointing highly-qualified judges to openings in our courts, has championed reforms to our criminal and juvenile justice systems and has extended protections to some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens, including our seniors.” For these and his many other accomplishments, the governor’s boat continues to RISE.
One of the highlights of former Gov. Nathan Deal’s eight years in office was his focus on criminal justice reform, eventually resulting in a series of bills that drew praise from both sides of the aisle. Much of that work was then used by President Donald Trump and his team in 2018 as the White House pushed its own prison reform legislation. Now out of office, Deal is continuing his work, leading a team of experts that is submitting recommendations via the nonprofit Council on Criminal Justice. Joined by former mayors, law enforcement officials, ex-prisoners, and even Sally Yates, the Georgia attorney who served as U.S. deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, the group, with Deal at its helm, is leading the push for continued sensible criminal justice reform in Washington D.C. RISING…
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