“The big winner was the Georgia Justice Project,” said Lesley Grady, senior vice president of the Community Foundation who helped coordinate the College. GJP received $102,500 — $100,000 from the group and $2,500 from one of the participants.
GJP, which has helped change 17 state laws in the past five years, will use those funds to encourage companies to hire people who have a criminal record. “Their main barrier is the ability to get a job. But if you have a job, you have a much less chance of going back to prison.”