On February 26th, 2019, Georgia Justice Project convened with 37 organizations across Atlanta to advocate for criminal justice reform at our annual Justice Day at the Capitol. This was our largest Justice Day event to-date, with over 500 directly-affected individuals, community leaders, and concerned citizens in attendance.
This event began at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building with various speakers sharing their calls to action, as well as their personal stories of encounters with the criminal justice system. This year’s key speakers included Rabbi Peter S. Berg from The Temple; Representative David Dreyer of Georgia’s 59th district; Pamela Winn, founder of RestoreHER; Yusef Salaam, activist and member of the Central Park 5; and Marilynn Winn, Executive Director of Women on the Rise.
Following a morning of discussion on the issues, attendees were invited to walk over to the Capitol and speak with their legislators about the change they wanted to see in Georgia’s criminal justice system. This year’s advocacy efforts focused around second chances through record restriction of convictions, dignity for incarcerated women, issues of juvenile justice, bail reform and the behavioral and health needs of justice-involved individuals.
The success of this event could not have been possible without co-sponsoring organizations, including: ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta , Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Common Good Atlanta, Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., End Mass Incarceration GA Network , End “New Jim Crow” Action Group, Atlanta area, Faith in Public Life, Foreverfamily, Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Innocence Project, Georgia Justice Project , Georgia Public Policy Foundation , Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Georgia Shift, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Legal Action Center, Liberty County Reentry Coalition , Gideon’s Promise – NAACP, Georgia State Conference – National Incarceration Association, New Georgia Project Action Fund, New Life Second Chance, Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Atlanta/Fulton County, Rehoboth Family & Community Services, Repair the World, #RestoreHER, Southern Center for Human Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Southerners on New Ground, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Voices for Georgia’s Children, Women on the Rise.