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Officials increase post-release supervision for violent criminals

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Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Violent criminals are kept under lock and key for years until they are taken to the prison's front door. All of that will be changing soon.

A new report by Georgia's Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform urges more supervision for inmates after they are released. Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie likes the idea and says he is tired of seeing criminals in the justice system and knows how likely it is that they will perform another crime.

"If you have got some of these, not necessarily a gang, but a group of guys who hang out together and I'm the one who does the most violent things, so I'm the big dog. They have to go back and start working at Burger King. It is a little hard for them to adjust to that," said McDuffie.

The council recommended the same reforms last year and now state officials are taking the advice. Starting in January, criminals who commit the most serious offenses will spend three to six months in a halfway house. 

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