GJP was invited to attend Georgia’s Second Annual Reentry Summit on June 19th at the Infinite Energy Summit in Duluth, GA. The theme this year was Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Together We Can. Over 600 criminal justice stakeholders were present, from both state agencies and community-based organizations. Keynote speakers, including Monica Pearson, Laura Coates and Tyrone Poole, conveyed the importance of reentry and rehabilitation in comprehensive criminal justice reform.
Executive Director Doug Ammar and Legal Director Brenda Smeeton led a discussion on barriers to employment entitled Making the Business Case for Hiring People with a Criminal Record & Engaging Employers in Policy Reform. This discussion focused on encouraging employers to hire individuals with a criminal record as well as support policy to reduce barriers to re-entry. Doug and Brenda emphasized that people with a criminal record are a valuable untapped resource in Georgia’s tight labor market, and recidivism is reduced as well as communities strengthened when people can get back to work.
Doug Ammar also sat on the panel Unlocking Doors to Employment: Stories of Success to discuss GJP’s key mission, challenges, and success stories of providing services to those formerly incarcerated.