As people across the nation are experiencing uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a particularly challenging time for the 4.3 million people who have a Georgia criminal history, who were already experiencing unemployment, housing insecurities and economic instability due to barriers caused by a criminal record.
GJP has been committed to serving people affected by the criminal justice system, and we are now expanding our social services support to serve our clients through this crisis. Here are some of the ways we are showing up for our clients:
- We are operating our intake process via phone and GJP staff working remotely.
- We are reaching out to our clients to help connect them with needed information and resources.
- We are continuing to defend our clients accused of a crime and still representing clients in those courts which are scheduling hearings.
- We are monitoring jail and prison situations and helping any clients being released connect with essential services.
- We are working with the Stand Together Foundation to distribute a one-time, $500 subsidy to support client families experiencing loss of income because of unemployment or caring for a sick family member.
- We will be holding our monthly “First Friday” presentations for directly-affected individuals remotely (more information on this to come).
- We are exploring any and all available funding from the stimulus bill to continue and adjust our regular levels of services to clients in this time of changing needs.
We are so grateful for the support of our friends and partners as we navigate this crisis together.