- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to attend a summit this week on prisoner re-entry programs in northern Georgia.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said in a release that the office is hosting a re-entry summit Wednesday morning at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.

Officials are planning to discuss employment opportunities for those who have been incarcerated and benefits being offered to businesses that employ ex-convicts.

U.S. Attorney’s officials say about 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons annually in the U.S. Officials say 66 percent of state prisoners and 40 percent of federal prisoners reoffend within three years of release. Prosecutors say barriers to employment and stigmas associated with ex-convicts are factors in the recidivism rates.

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