Georgia Justice Project’s 2017 Policy Recommendations
- Expanded mechanisms for the restriction and sealing of conviction information from criminal histories.
- Allow individuals convicted of misdemeanors and certain felonies to petition for these convictions to be restricted after having demonstrated rehabilitation.
- Extend negligent hiring protection to employers who hire individuals with restricted records.
- Eliminate collateral consequences associated with child support.
- Create a mechanism that allows the suspension of debt accrual upon entry into the Department of Corrections.
- Provide council at civil contempt hearings for failure to pay child support due to incarceration.
- Eliminate barriers to housing for people with criminal records.
- Promote statewide education to ensure compliance with state and federal guidance, including HUD’s most recent 2016 guidance.
- Promote the use of Program Treatment and Completion Certificates.
- Provide tax credits for private sector housing providers who rent to people with certain criminal histories.
- Create a mechanism to address housing provider concerns regarding negligence litigation.
- Reform mandatory minimums and recidivist sentencing in Georgia.
- Restore discretion to judges by altering mandatory minimum and recidivism statutes.
- Reform Georgia’s felony probation system
- Reorient Georgia’s probation system to focus on rehabilitation.