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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.
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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.

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President Trump wants former state Rep. B.J. Pak to head the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Pak should be familiar with the office. He spent six years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District.

According to WABE legal analyst Page Pate, Pak's biggest impact in the new role could be in hiring.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is creating a new cybercrime unit to target cybercriminals.

U.S. Attorney John Horn said there's a misconception about cybercriminals being secretive hackers who are impossible to identify and send to jail.

John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, speaks at a press conference,Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Atlanta, after Edgar Valdez Villareal, known as "La Barbie" pleaded guilty to charges.
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The U.S. Attorney's Office for Georgia’s Northern District is launching a new civil rights unit to help investigate cases locally, U.S. Attorney John Horn said.

The unit will help with the growing caseload of investigations the office, which falls under the U.S. Department of Justice, has taken on over the past few years, Horn said. Historically, many of the cases had been handled out of Washington, D.C.

“The number of cases that we’ve been doing has been growing each year and we’ve been branching out into different enforcement actions,” Horn said.

An Atlanta-area man will be serving about one year in prison for impersonating a U.S. marshal.

U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release that 56-year-old John L. Edens of Sandy Springs falsely claimed to be a deputy U.S. marshal when he submitted a request to a cellphone provider in order to get location information about individuals.

Horn says Edens claimed he needed the information to rescue kidnapped children, but instead used it to help him with his job of repossessing vehicles.