Governor taps Robert Keller for office assisting criminal justice reforms
1:29 pm, November 1st, 2013
A lawyer on the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will join the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced he appointed former Clayton County district attorney Robert Keller as an additional deputy director of the office, which the governor created through executive order this past summer. The office is tasked with overseeing the reallocation of money saved by the state’s previous criminal justice reforms into community-based programs to assist offenders and ex-offenders.
Deal has emphasized the need for programs to help ex-convicts find housing and jobs, making it this year’s focus of his criminal justice reform council. Legislation approved by the General Assembly last session also calls for the establishment of community-based treatment programs for juvenile offenders in lieu of sending them to detention centers.
Keller was appointed to the parole board in 2007 by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Prior to the appointment, Keller was executive counsel for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia after serving as Clayton’s DA.
Keller earned his law degree from Emory University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1972.