Our Executive Director Doug Ammar was in Washington D.C. on June 28th to attend and submit written testimony for a hearing of the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, titled “Criminal Justice Reform and Efforts to Reduce Recidivism.”
His testimony addresses the link between recidivism, employment and criminal records: “There is considerably more work that can be done to reduce the rate of recidivism in the area of criminal records. These areas of opportunity are: expanding access to expungement, strengthening regulations for private background check companies, tightening control of electronic distribution of arrest information, reducing housing discrimination against those with a criminal record, and encouraging the private sector to engage in Fair Chance Hiring practices.”
Download his full testimony here: Congressional Statement – Georgia Justice Project.
To watch the videos from the hearing click here.