By Mike Klein
Georgia launched the fourth year of criminal justice reform this week with a commitment to aggressively push forward with its new prisoner reentry initiative. Part of the strategy is recognition you must get the message right so folks understand what you are doing.
“Our primary message is that public safety is the number one goal, THE number one goal,” said Jay Neal, executive director at the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry. Neal spoke to the Criminal Justice Reform Council for nearly an hour when it met Monday at the state capitol in Atlanta.
Neal described five federal implementation grants that the state is seeking and he discussed mission and vision for the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative. In this video Neal speaks about primary and secondary messages that he said are critical for public understanding and acceptance.
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