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A new program hosted at a Habersham prison will work to educate inmates and help them reach high school diplomas or GEDs, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

Arrendale State Prison in Alto, with 1,400 inmates, is partnering with Mountain Education Charter School to provide greater opportunities after inmates are released.

“With seven out of every 10 Department of Corrections inmates lacking a high school diploma or GED, it is of the utmost importance that while individuals are in our criminal justice system, we do a better job of raising their education and skills to an adequate level,” Deal said in a news release.

Candidates for the program will receive online instruction to complete their high school education. Bordering Forsyth, Lumpkin and White counties and their school districts are associated with Mountain Education Charter School.

The program is expected to start on Jan. 15.

Tentative arraignment set for homeless man accused of assaults

A tentative arraignment date has been set for a Gainesville homeless man accused of attacking other homeless people in Gainesville.

David William Keener, 50, also known as Super Dave, is set to have his arraignment next Thursday, according to the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System.

Keener was indicted on Sept. 23 in the death of Randall Huling, having allegedly slammed his head into a guardrail on Aug. 14. Huling died as a result of his injuries Sept. 3 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, according to Gainesville police.

Keener is also charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault against two other victims.

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