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Governor Nathan Deal attended the premiere of the documentary Released at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts. The film was produced by the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has been pushing for criminal justice reform ever since he took office, but he said there's still a lot more work to be done.

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts theater in downtown Atlanta was packed with more than 400 judges, officers and lawyers Wednesday.

They were there to watch a documentary called "Released" produced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia about the challenges prisoners face when they are released from prison.

Department of Juvenile Justice correctional officers stands guard outside the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
David Goldman / Associated Press

A federal group mandated to make recommendations to Congress about reforming the nation's prison system is in Georgia this week, seeking input from Georgia's own criminal justice reforms. 

On Tuesday, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, which was created by Congress, heard from state leaders about how they've implemented reforms beginning in 2011.