FAQs

The mission of the Georgia Justice Project is to defend poor people accused of a crime and, win or lose, stand with them as they rebuild their lives.

General

What services do you provide?

GJP serves low-income individuals in Georgia who have been affected by the criminal justice system. GJP’s range of direct services include holistic criminal defense, as well as representation for criminal records issues, all provided free of charge. GJP travels statewide to educate individuals and service providers on criminal records issues, and has helped to pass 20 Georgia laws through advocacy efforts. 

Are there any kinds of cases you do not take?

We do not take cases involving the following:  domestic violence, sex crimes, federal cases, child abuse, cases outside of Fulton or Dekalb Counties, or vehicle violations.

I’m not a lawyer, but I’d still like to volunteer with GJP. How do I do that?

A variety of opportunities are available for individuals and groups. These include administrative support (answering phones, filing, fundraising projects), client support (tutoring, intake, transportation, special events) or assisting with other organizational needs. For more information, please contact us.

I need help with a current criminal case, what should I do?

If your case is in Fulton or Dekalb counties, we may be able to help you.  Contact GJP at 404-827-0027 ext. 213 to speak with our Intake Coordinator or set up an appointment.

How do I know if I am eligible for expungement?

Under current Georgia law, most arrests that ended in non-conviction, up to two misdemeanor convictions (with some exceptions) and many pardoned felonies are eligible for restriction (expungement) and sealing. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss what might be possible to clean up your record. Please see more information here

Do you charge for your services?

No.  GJP is a nonprofit organization and our services are free of charge.  

How long does a restriction take?

If the arrest ended in a non-conviction and happened before July 1, 2013, it may take several months for a record to be restricted.  It is a two phase process.  The first step is to submit a restriction application (receive from GJP) with the needed documents along with a $25 fee to the arresting agency.  It can take several months for an application to be approved or denied.  If the application is approved the application is submitted to the Georgia Crime Information Center with another $25 fee and the arrest will be sealed in approximately 6 weeks.

If the arrest ended in a non-conviction and happened after July 1, 2013, it should be restricted automatically when the disposition is entered into GCIC. If that does not happen, you may need to contact the prosecutor or clerk’s office.

If the arrest ended in a conviction, a petition needs to be filed in court and a Judge would have to order a restriction. That process can also take several months.

What kind of employment services do you provide?

We currently provide employment services only to clients we represent.  If you have a criminal background and need assistance with job searching, please call 404-827-0027.  We can provide you with a job tips form.

Who funds GJP?

GJP is funded by individuals, foundations, and faith communities.  We are not a United Way agency, and do not currently receive government funding.  If you’d like to support our work, click here.

Can I donate stock or securities to GJP?

Yes, please contact Erika Curtis at 404-827-0027 ext. 215 for more information.

Where is your office?

We are located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta. Click here for address and directions.

What are your hours?

The Georgia Justice Project is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Client intake hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.  For questions or more information contact us at 404-827-0027.