Please save the date for Enhance the Chance: Georgia Justice Project Lobby Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 8:30am – 12:00pm. This will be our opportunity to come together to speak to legislators about the difficulty people with criminal records have in securing jobs, housing, and other opportunities in Georgia and the negative impact on taxpayers and communities. It will also be a time to say thank you for the recent criminal justice reforms and explain the need for additional legislative changes.
You can register by clicking here. Please look for additional details including transportation, parking, the agenda and other helpful materials over the next couple of weeks.
I am also pleased to tell you that many of the policy recommendations we have been advocating for the last couple of years have been included in the 2014 Report of the Criminal Justice Reform Council issued last month and endorsed by Governor Deal. Most notably, the Council recommends that Georgia “ban the box” and remove questions about a person’s criminal history from most state employment applications, limit employer liability for hiring people with certain criminal records, and prohibit private background checking companies from reporting restricted (expunged) and sealed records to employers, housing providers and other decision-makers.
For a one-page summary of the 2014 policy recommendations made by the Council click here.
An omnibus criminal justice reform bill that includes these recommendations is expected to be introduced any day. Once there is a bill before the General Assembly we will be able to determine how many, and to what degree our recommendations are included, develop a strategy to advocate the inclusion of those that were omitted, and learn if there is any opposition. We will keep you updated about the progress of the bill and how you may be instrumental in its passage this session.
Take a minute to review our policy agenda and the recommendations of the Council to see the strides Georgia is making. Your ongoing participation is central to our success and we appreciate it.
Thanks for your support,
Marissa McCall Dodson
GJP Policy Director