Fifteen years ago this month, tobacco companies agreed to pay states billions of dollars in the largest civil litigation settlement in US history. Georgia has received about $2 billion from the settlement. So, where did that $2 billion in tobacco settlement money go?
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed three people to leadership positions in several state departments. One of those is a new agency: the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. The newly-created program is part of Deal's criminal justice reform initiative.