Policy Agenda

 Georgia Justice Project’s 2017 Policy Recommendations

 

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. Expanded mechanisms for the restriction and sealing of conviction information from criminal histories.

Specifically:

  • 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.
  1. Eliminate collateral consequences associated with child support.

Specifically:

  • 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.
  1. Eliminate barriers to housing for people with criminal records.

Specifically:

  • 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.
  1. Reform mandatory minimums and recidivist sentencing in Georgia.

Specifically:

  • Restore discretion to judges by altering mandatory minimum and recidivism statutes.
  1. Reform Georgia’s felony probation system

Specifically:

  • Reorient Georgia’s probation system to focus on rehabilitation.

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