On April 29, 2015, Georgia Justice Project was delighted to honor Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Home Depot, with our 2015 Grass Roots Justice Award. Teresa and The Home Depot have made a bold commitment to meaningful criminal justice reform. Teresa serves on the Board of Trustees for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which fights for racial justice by pursing a proactive agenda of structural change while balancing the need to defend and preserve hard-won civil rights gains. She also serves as a member of Governor Nathan Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform Council. And, The Home Depot corporation is leading by example, having made a powerful statement by “banning the box” on its own employment applications – giving applicants a fair chance and allowing employers the opportunity to judge individual job candidates on their merits as they reenter the workforce. The award was presented by Frank Blake, former Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot.
Joel Neuman, Board Chair of Georgia Justice Project and Senior Managing Counsel, Coca-Cola Food Service On-Premise, said “More than one-third of Georgia’s population has something on their criminal record. If we don’t make sure that people who have served their sentence have opportunities for employment and housing, we will ensure a cycle of repeat offenders without hope. Teresa’s leadership on criminal justice reform is helping to enhance public safety, to lower Georgia’s soaring budget for corrections, to reduce our state’s recidivism rate, and to improve hiring policies and practices in both the private and public sectors.”
See the Press Release featured in The Marietta Daily Journal: The Marietta Daily Journal – The Home Depot executive vice president honored